Definition of ridicule in English:

ridicule

Syllabification: rid·i·cule
Pronunciation: /ˈridiˌkyo͞ol
 
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noun

The subjection of someone or something to contemptuous and dismissive language or behavior: he is held up as an object of ridicule
More example sentences
  • Sheriff William Holligan said Reilly was an object of ridicule and his treatment by officers was unprofessional.
  • A person who snores is often an object of ridicule and causes sleepless nights for others.
  • Therefore, if Rousseau were interested in spiritualism, during his lifetime it need not have made him an object of ridicule.
Synonyms
mockery, derision, laughter, scorn, scoffing, contempt, jeering, sneering, sneers, jibes, jibing, teasing, taunts, taunting, badinage, chaffing, sarcasm, satire
informal kidding, ribbing, joshing, goofing, razzing

verb

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Subject (someone or something) to contemptuous and dismissive language or behavior: his theory was ridiculed and dismissed
More example sentences
  • Singleton strikes the difficult balance between recapitulating stereotypes and ridiculing them in broad burlesque.
  • The man was ridiculed, his claims dismissed, and his ethics attacked.
  • It is a noble and powerful impulse, one not casually to be ridiculed or dismissed.
Synonyms
deride, mock, laugh at, heap scorn on/upon, jeer at, jibe at, sneer at, treat with contempt, scorn, make fun of, poke fun at, scoff at, satirize, lampoon, burlesque, caricature, parody, tease, taunt, chaff
informal kid, rib, josh, razz

Origin

late 17th century: from French, or from Latin ridiculum, neuter (used as a noun) of ridiculus 'laughable', from ridere 'to laugh'.

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