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[rid-i-kyool] /ˈrɪd ɪˌkyul/
speech or action intended to cause contemptuous laughter at a person or thing; derision.
verb (used with object), ridiculed, ridiculing.
to deride; make fun of.
Origin of ridicule
1665-75; < Latin rīdiculum a joke, equivalent to rīd(ēre) to laugh + -i- -i- + -culum -cule2
Related forms
ridiculer, noun
self-ridicule, noun
unridiculed, adjective
1. mockery, raillery, sarcasm, satire, irony. 2. banter, chaff, rally, twit, burlesque, satirize, lampoon. Ridicule, deride, mock, taunt imply making game of a person, usually in an unkind, jeering way. To ridicule is to make fun of, either sportively and good-humoredly, or unkindly with the intention of humiliating: to ridicule a pretentious person. To deride is to assail one with scornful laughter: to deride a statement of belief. To mock is sometimes playfully, sometimes insultingly, to imitate and caricature the appearance or actions of another: She mocked the seriousness of his expression. To taunt is to call attention to something annoying or humiliating, usually maliciously and exultingly and often in the presence of others: to taunt a candidate about his defeat in an election.
praise. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ridiculing
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  • The sweet, sweet angel voices quieted down, while from the depths of the earth the devilish laughing and ridiculing were heard.

    Caucasian Legends A. Goulbat
  • Why it would be ridiculing you to suppose you could believe him.

  • There will probably never be wanting those who will join in abusing and ridiculing attorneys and solicitors.

  • And what can more successfully annoy than the ridiculing of that which a man worships?

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • The boys who had been ridiculing Romesh's method of coaching looked at me in awe, almost deafening me with congratulations.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Intelligent people in the East are studying, not ridiculing the West.

    The Land We Live In Henry Mann
  • Lastly, as to his ridiculing me for my religion, if I can not stand an idle jest, I am not worthy the name of a Christian.

  • After laughing at and ridiculing him, as is the custom with us, I asked how he could make them out?

    La Ronge Journal, 1823 George Nelson
  • He is ridiculing the monarchical notions of the opposition, and the folly of paying court to mere outward form and show.

British Dictionary definitions for ridiculing


language or behaviour intended to humiliate or mock; derision
(transitive) to make fun of, mock, or deride
Derived Forms
ridiculer, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Latin rīdiculus, from rīdēre to laugh
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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"]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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