ridiculous

(redirected from ridiculousness)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

from the ridiculous to the sublime

From something odd or trivial to something exceptional or beautiful. Less common than "from the sublime to the ridiculous." I was pleasantly surprised by the ending to that play—it really took things from the ridiculous to the sublime.
See also: ridiculous, sublime

from the sublime to the ridiculous

From something exceptional or beautiful to something odd or trivial. I was disappointed by the ending to that play—it unfortunately took things from the sublime to the ridiculous.
See also: ridiculous, sublime

make (one) look ridiculous

To make someone appear or seem very foolish or awkward. Don't let him get on your nerves; he's just trying to get a reaction to make you look ridiculous in front of the class. I can't wear this dress, it makes me look ridiculous!
See also: look, make, ridiculous

from the sublime to the ridiculous (is only a step)

(It is very easy to go) from being very grand, sophisticated, beautiful, or uplifting to being silly, foolish, or absurd. The night went from the sublime to the ridiculous when the opera singer was followed by a ventriloquist. The film sets the story of King Lear in a modern-day fast-food restaurant empire. From the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step.
See also: ridiculous, sublime

from the sublime to the ridiculous

Fig. from something fine and uplifting to something ridiculous or mundane. After Mr. Jones had introduced my wife to his wife, he jokingly turned to introduce me and said, "From the sublime to the ridiculous." After the opera singer finished, the master of ceremonies introduced the comic juggler saying, "From the sublime to the ridiculous...."
See also: ridiculous, sublime

From the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step.

Prov. Something grand can easily become very funny. Bob, I don't think you should include a bowl of breakfast cereal in your still-life painting. From the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step. The production of Macbeth went from the sublime to the ridiculous when Lady Macbeth came onstage in an old army uniform.
See also: ridiculous, step, sublime

make someone look ridiculous

to make someone look foolish (not funny). This hat makes me look ridiculous. Please make me look good. Don't make me look ridiculous!
See also: look, make, ridiculous

from the sublime to the ridiculous

From the beautiful to the silly, from great to puny. For example, They played first Bach and then an ad jingle-from the sublime to the ridiculous. The reverse, from the ridiculous to the sublime, is used with the opposite meaning. Coined by Tom Paine in The Age of Reason (1794), in which he said the two are so closely related that it is but one step from one to the other, the phrase has been often repeated in either order.
See also: ridiculous, sublime

from the subˌlime to the riˈdiculous

used to describe a situation in which something serious, important or of high quality is followed by something silly, unimportant or of poor quality: His works as an artist range from the sublime to the ridiculous, with very little in between. From the sublime to the ridiculous is only one step is a translation of a phrase that was first said by Napoleon Bonaparte.
See also: ridiculous, sublime
References in periodicals archive ?
Ridiculousness Arabia debuted on 2 April 2017 at 21:30 KSA /22:30 UAE on Comedy Central HD exclusively on OSN Channel 207, and will run every Sunday.
To those unacquainted with the full ridiculousness of the case, dismissal in these circumstances might - quite wrongly - imply excessive force was used.
Every now and then a televised sporting event surfaces which seems to reach new levels of beliefdefying ridiculousness and the coverage of the Little League World Series has really irked me.
I laughed at the ridiculousness of hiding from the rain when it doesn't matter if I get wet.
But The Goodnite Show reaches its apex of ridiculousness with "Magni.
This version seems to recognise the ridiculousness of surgery to remove a wax lining in your stomach, instead cautioning you to allow plenty of time between servings for your stomach to 'clear the wax'.
The book is written for the kind of child who is secure enough to laugh at the ridiculousness of each situation.
Witness the ridiculousness of words in this sample dialogue from Kalman's manual for adults: Johnny reports to Mom, "Bill said I'm a jerk.
We won't win the political battles against them by pretending that Hitler was no more a threat than the petty tyrants of today but by pointing out the ridiculousness of the comparison.
com for more than eight years and, in fairness, this is the first time I have come across such ridiculousness.
The sheer ridiculousness of the address becomes, line by line, repetition by variation, surprisingly irresistible as the piece reveals how much easier it is to unburden yourself to a piano than to any of the relatives who pound on it.
I particularly liked Blackbread the Pirate with a crew of rats trying to train up Peter as their new recruit, almost Monty Python in its ridiculousness.
And I think it's time we have a TV news blog that recognizes this ridiculousness and plays to it.
It can be tiresome to ask these questions, but we were hoping to underscore the ridiculousness of biphobia by starting a dialogue.
There is a self-awareness here at the ridiculousness of the enterprise -- screenwriters Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio pepper the script with characters repeating a variation of ``none of this makes sense -- none of it.