Definition of ridicule in English:


Syllabification: rid·i·cule
Pronunciation: /ˈridiˌkyo͞ol


  • The subjection of someone or something to contemptuous and dismissive language or behavior: he is held up as an object of ridicule
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    • 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.
    mockery, derision, laughter, scorn, scoffing, contempt, jeering, sneering, sneers, jibes, jibing, teasing, taunts, taunting, badinage, chaffing, sarcasm, satire
    informal kidding, ribbing, joshing, goofing, razzing


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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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