verb (used with object), rid·i·culed, rid·i·cul·ing.
- ridgway, matthew bunker,
- riding boot,
- riding breeches
Origin of ridicule
Examples from the Web for ridicule
Over time, because of its popularity among young girls, it became the object of ridicule.
Although sprightly, Lilith is unusually small for her age, and thereby the butt of ridicule from her classmates.Holocaust Horrors Haunt the Films ‘Ida’ And ‘The German Doctor’|Jack Schwartz|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The wackiest of Mormon teachings—many unknown to practicing Mormons today—have been dredged up and held to ridicule.The Core Mormon Teaching the LDS Church Didn’t Jettison|Jay Michaelson|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However, the reaction—and the ridicule—was so extreme that he soon backed down.
You put yourself out there for ridicule ‘cause it’s your face they see.Norman Reedus: Daryl Doesn’t Need Romance, ‘The Walking Dead’ Isn’t About Erections|Melissa Leon|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was convinced that he ought to join them, and did so in spite of the ridicule of his rich and titled friends.The Story of American History|Albert F. Blaisdell
Some of the younger passengers especially seemed to think him, by their remarks, a fair subject for their ridicule.Old Jack|W.H.G. Kingston
He had brought upon himself the ill-feeling of a certain gentleman whom he had, in one of his pleadings, turned into ridicule.Curiosities of Olden Times|S. Baring-Gould
The fear of ridicule is the most dominant of our feelings, that which controls us in most things and with the most strength.Introduction to the Science of Sociology|Robert E. Park
But centrifugal force had rendered them ridiculous, and the public never sympathises with those whom ridicule has covered.The Lion's Share|E. Arnold Bennett
Word Origin for 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"]