- 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 self-ridicule
He thought of his brief explosion, then grunted in self-ridicule.Alarm Clock
Everett B. Cole
The self-ridicule was more painful still than the self-disgust.Hester, Volume 2 (of 3)
He strove to shake himself into a different mood by self-ridicule.Claire
Leslie Burton Blades
And to this exigent demand was added the pang of self-ridicule.Shadows of Flames
I was painfully conscious of self-ridicule whenever I offered myself for the job.The Glory of the Trenches
- language or behaviour intended to humiliate or mock; derision
- (tr) to make fun of, mock, or deride
Word Origin and History for self-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"]