- 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 ridicules
It ridicules Pentagon claims that the problems were the product of a “few rotten apples.”Obama v. the Justice Department
April 22, 2009
The persons whom Plato ridicules in the epilogue to the Euthydemus are of this class.Euthydemus
Franco Sacchetti (nov. 151) ridicules their claims to wisdom.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
He ridicules the arrogation to itself by the 'Compact' of a monopoly of loyalty.The Tribune of Nova Scotia
W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
It ridicules the highest motives, and degrades the most heroic achievements.Robert Orange
John Oliver Hobbes
If a man sneers and ridicules, we are not to retaliate with ridicule and sneers.An Essay on Slavery and Abolitionism
Catharine E. Beecher
- language or behaviour intended to humiliate or mock; derision
- (tr) to make fun of, mock, or deride
Word Origin and History for ridicules
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"]