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jctgf

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Hi there,

Are these words synonym in English?

"I had to wait 3 hours on the line to buy the concert tickets. It's ridiculous!!". I may be wrong, but it seems to me a perfect example of how I have been seeing natives employ this word. If so, do they mean "this is an absurd" or "this is an outrage"?

Please, now suppose a colleague that shows up wearing a tight black leather pants at work. Can I say to him "You look ridiculous (laughable) in this pants!"?

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Hi there,

Are these words synonym in English?

"I had to wait 3 hours on the line to buy the concert tickets. It's ridiculous!!". I may be wrong, but it seems to me a perfect example of how I have been seeing natives employ this word. If so, do they mean "this is an absurd" or "this is an outrage"?

Please, now suppose a colleague that shows up wearing a tight black leather pants at work. Can I say to him "You look ridiculous (laughable) in this pants!"?

Thanks.

In one of my dictionaries they're considered synonyms.
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Hi there,

Are these words synonym in English?

"I had to wait 3 hours on the line to buy the concert tickets. It's ridiculous!!". I may be wrong, but it seems to me a perfect example of how I have been seeing natives employ this word. If so, do they mean "this is an absurd" or "this is an outrage"?

Please, now suppose a colleague that shows up wearing a tight black leather pants at work. Can I say to him "You look ridiculous (laughable) in this pants!"?Yes, you can. But bear in mind that sometimes, in slang, ridiculous might mean "unusually good".

"Gee, he is ridiculous at football." = he is really, really good.


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Absurd=something unreal or that makes no sense.
Ridiculous=something worthy of ridicule or scorn.
Does it make sense?;-)
 

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Absurd=something unreal or that makes no sense.
Ridiculous=something worthy of ridicule or scorn.
Does it make sense?;-)

I quite agree with banderas. :up:


'ridiculous(ly)' may in some cases carry the meaning of 'utterly' or 'absolutely', as in:
The restaurant was ridiculously expensive. I don't think we will go there again.
In this context 'ridiculous' suggests something extreme, which seems unbelievable or unreasonable.

The same in 'ridiculously easy' or ridiculously cheap'.

A situation can be absurd, stressing the irrationality of it or pointing out a lack of inconsistency between cause and effect within the situation, a lack of logic. Hence, the situation may be considered 'ridiculous'.


Some of the words I really love is 'preposterous'. However, it is not my intention to cause any confusion here.
 
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