- speech or action intended to cause contemptuous laughter at a person or thing; derision.
- to deride; make fun of.
Origin of ridicule
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Examples from the Web for ridicule
Over time, because of its popularity among young girls, it became the object of ridicule.In Japan, Zima Haz No Zexual Preference
Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo
September 13, 2014
Although sprightly, Lilith is unusually small for her age, and thereby the butt of ridicule from her classmates.Holocaust Horrors Haunt the Films ‘Ida’ And ‘The German Doctor’
May 12, 2014
The wackiest of Mormon teachings—many unknown to practicing Mormons today—have been dredged up and held to ridicule.The Core Mormon Teaching the LDS Church Didn’t Jettison
April 7, 2014
However, the reaction—and the ridicule—was so extreme that he soon backed down.Will Jargon Be the Death of the English Language?
March 30, 2014
You put yourself out there for ridicule ‘cause it’s your face they see.Norman Reedus: Daryl Doesn’t Need Romance, ‘The Walking Dead’ Isn’t About Erections
March 13, 2014
At the same time, they have their use, where they do not create their ridicule.
This powerful fear of ridicule conquered, or suppressed, all other feelings.
Young men are so governed by fashion, and so afraid of ridicule.
Let ridicule be abashed before the majesty of such characters!Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
Would they bear the ridicule of the other boys of their own age?The Comrade In White
W. H. Leathem
- language or behaviour intended to humiliate or mock; derision
- (tr) to make fun of, mock, or deride
Word Origin and History for ridicule
1680s, "make ridiculous," from ridicule (n.) or else from French ridiculer, from ridicule. Meaning "make fun of" is from c.1700. Related: Ridiculed; ridiculing.
1670s, "absurd thing;" 1680s, "words or actions meant to invoke ridicule," from French ridicule, noun use of adjective (15c.), or from Latin ridiculum "laughing matter, joke," from noun use of neuter of ridiculus (see ridiculous).
"He who brings ridicule to bear against truth, finds in his hand a blade without a hilt." [Walter Savage Landor, "Imaginary Conversations"]