- 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 ridiculing
This proposition Heller takes considerable pleasure in ridiculing.David's Bookclub: Catch-22
December 29, 2012
Why it would be ridiculing you to suppose you could believe him.The Macdermots of Ballycloran
He allowed himself the pleasure of ridiculing his Louvain antagonists.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
And what can more successfully annoy than the ridiculing of that which a man worships?Debts of Honor
Intelligent people in the East are studying, not ridiculing the West.The Land We Live In
After laughing at and ridiculing him, as is the custom with us, I asked how he could make them out?La Ronge Journal, 1823
- language or behaviour intended to humiliate or mock; derision
- (tr) to make fun of, mock, or deride
Word Origin and History for ridiculing
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"]