- The subjection of someone or something to contemptuous and dismissive language or behaviour: he is held up as an object of ridiculeMore example sentences
mockery, derision, laughter, scorn, scoffing, contempt, jeering, sneering, sneers, jibes, jibing, joking, teasing, taunts, taunting, ragging, chaffing, twitting, raillery, sarcasm, satire, lampoon, burlesque, caricature, parodyAustralian/New Zealand • informal chiacking• archaic sportBritish • vulgar slang taking the piss
- 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.
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- Subject to contemptuous and dismissive language or behaviour: his theory was ridiculed and dismissedMore example sentences
deride, mock, laugh at, heap scorn on, hold up to shame, hold up to ridicule, expose to ridicule, jeer at, jibe at, sneer at, show up, treat with contempt, scorn, make fun of, poke fun at, make jokes about, laugh to scorn, scoff at, pillory, be sarcastic about, satirize, lampoon, burlesque, caricature, parody, tease, taunt, rag, chaff, twitBritish • vulgar slang take the piss (out of)• dated make sport of• archaic quiz, flout (at)
- 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.
late 17th century: from French, or from Latin ridiculum, neuter (used as a noun) of ridiculus 'laughable', from ridere 'to laugh'.