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ridicule

[ rid-i-kyool ]
/ 藞r瑟d 瑟藢kyul /
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noun
speech or action intended to cause contemptuous laughter at a person or thing; derision.
verb (used with object), rid路i路culed, rid路i路cul路ing.
to deride; make fun of.
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Origin of ridicule

First recorded in 1665鈥75; from Latin r墨diculum 鈥渁 joke,鈥 equivalent to r墨d膿re 鈥渢o laugh鈥 + -i--i- + -culum-cule2

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2. 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM ridicule

rid路i路cul路er, nounself-rid路i路cule, nounun路rid路i路culed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ridicule

ridicule
/ (藞r瑟d瑟藢kju藧l) /

noun
language or behaviour intended to humiliate or mock; derision
verb
(tr) to make fun of, mock, or deride

Derived forms of ridicule

ridiculer, noun

Word Origin for ridicule

C17: from French, from Latin r墨diculus, from r墨d膿re to laugh
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