Dutch English Dictionary

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belachelijk in English:

1. ridiculous ridiculous

Shame on you for getting so flustered. You looked ridiculous.
Sex: the pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.
But that's ridiculous! Dima protested. "Kopeks haven't been around in ages! And 0.99 isn't even a natural number!"
It is rather ridiculous that, in some countries, a person cannot even release their own work into the public domain.
Dima... Al-Sayib said. "That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard."
How ridiculous I was as a Marionette! And how happy I am, now that I have become a real boy!
It is ridiculous as well as foolish to think man superior to woman, or woman to man.
How can one be serious with the world when the world itself is so ridiculous!
Even the most graceful and imposing existing buildings may now be so sadly diminished as to seem slightly ridiculous beside the monster.
Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.
“when you realize how ridiculous these scenarios are, you will have to laugh”
It is an utterly ridiculous scheme, of which Parliament should be ashamed.
Hotels used to make a lot of money out of customers by charging a ridiculous amount for phone calls.
The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again.

2. preposterous preposterous

His behaviour has been preposterous recently
It was fun escapism and we emerged from the cinema in a big West London shopping mall laughing about some of more preposterous stunts we had just witnessed.
don’t be preposterous!
The whole thing still strikes me as totally preposterous
To me, at the time, it sounded preposterous because I didn’t think anybody would buy a Pet Rock.
Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.

English word "belachelijk"(preposterous) occurs in sets:

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