Ridiculous vs Foolish - What's the difference?

ridiculous | foolish |

Ridiculous is a synonym of foolish.

As adjectives the difference between ridiculous and foolish

is that ridiculous is deserving of ridicule; foolish; absurd while foolish is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

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Alternative forms

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(en adjective)
  • Deserving of ridicule; foolish; absurd.
  • That hairstyle looks ridiculous .
    It's ridiculous to charge so much for a little souvenir.


    * silly * willy nilly * frivolous * goofy * funny * humorous * absurd * odd * surreal * unreasonable * See also


    * straightforward * serious * somber * solemn

    Derived terms

    * ridic * ridiculousness




  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
  • :
  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness