- 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 ridiculed
Charlie ridiculed my faith and culture and I died defending his right to do so.The Muslim Cop Killed by Terrorists
January 9, 2015
Memes that ridiculed political leaders and the Hong Kong Police Force shot through fiber optic cables at light speed.China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
Every time a victim comes forward and is shamed, judged, or ridiculed, I remember what it felt like to not be believed.How I Stopped My Rapist
November 24, 2014
Because early in his career, though we ridiculed it above, Affleck was legitimately great in several of his films.Ben Affleck Delivers the Best Performance of His Career in ‘Gone Girl’
October 2, 2014
Basically, the biggest comedy blockbuster of the summer ridiculed the very notion of the summer blockbuster itself.Is the Summer Blockbuster Dead?
July 14, 2014
Do you not recollect that only two months ago you scolded me, and ridiculed my plans?
Never in my life did I feel so awkward as then, and it was not strange that you ridiculed me so.
I was now called on to ship, and was ridiculed for wishing to turn shad-man.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Day after day, she was ridiculed for what implied no blame, and admitted of no remedy.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
His efforts to invent had been ridiculed and discountenanced.Heroes of the Telegraph
- language or behaviour intended to humiliate or mock; derision
- (tr) to make fun of, mock, or deride
Word Origin and History for ridiculed
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"]