It was ridiculous how adorable you are.

A father said so to his daughter. Does this “ridiculous” carry a very strong feeling?

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    Ridiculous means laughable, absurd, comical, funny, hilarious, risible, droll, amusing, farcical, silly, ludicrous; not just negative, though most often to point ridicule at someone/thing. Ridiculously cute is common enough. – anongoodnurse Feb 20 '14 at 10:18
  • If it's accurately transcribed, I doubt that father is a native speaker. I can contrive a context where the opposite tense switch would be okay - "It's [it is] ridiculous how adorable you were". But I can't begin to imagine how anyone could "validly" switch from past to present as cited. – FumbleFingers Feb 20 '14 at 16:18

It's being used as an intensifier, that she's so cute that it's beyond plausible belief, a form of hyperbole. Compare to "It's crazy how adorable you are".

Side note, switching tense from past to present in the same sentence is generally a no-no.

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    Yes: it's virtually a paraphrase of 'You are madly adorable'. The substitution of an introductory pragmatic marker (emphasis / wow-factor marker'; classically labelled a 'comment clause') for an adjective-modifier (classically labelled an adverb) is interesting. 'Madly' probably carries too much semantic content (if at a distance – referencing the effect on observers) to be called a mere intensifier. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 20 '14 at 9:51

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