ridiculus

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From rīdeō (laugh; mock) +‎ -icus (-ish) +‎ -ulus (diminutive).

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Adjective[edit]

rīdiculus (feminine rīdicula, neuter rīdiculum, adverb rīdiculē); first/second-declension adjective

  1. laughable, funny, amusing
  2. silly, absurd, ridiculous

Declension[edit]

First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative rīdiculus rīdicula rīdiculum rīdiculī rīdiculae rīdicula
Genitive rīdiculī rīdiculae rīdiculī rīdiculōrum rīdiculārum rīdiculōrum
Dative rīdiculō rīdiculō rīdiculīs
Accusative rīdiculum rīdiculam rīdiculum rīdiculōs rīdiculās rīdicula
Ablative rīdiculō rīdiculā rīdiculō rīdiculīs
Vocative rīdicule rīdicula rīdiculum rīdiculī rīdiculae rīdicula

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Descendants[edit]

  • Catalan: ridícul
  • English: ridiculous, ridicule
  • French: ridicule
  • Italian: ridicolo

References[edit]

  • ridiculus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • ridiculus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • ridiculus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to make a joke of a thing: aliquid ad ridiculum convertere
    • a wit; a joker: (homo) ridiculus (Plaut. Stich. 1. 3. 21)