- Ridicule is defined as what is said to make others joke about or laugh at someone.
An example of ridicule is what a student feared when reading a poem.
- To ridicule is to make fun of someone.
An example of to ridicule is to laugh at someone when they spill coffee on themselves.
- the act of making someone or something the object of scornful laughter by joking, mocking, etc.; derision
- words or actions intended to produce such laughter
- an absurdity
Origin: Fr from Classical Latin ridiculum, a jest, laughable (thing), neuter of ridiculus, laughable, comical from ridere, to laugh from Indo-European an unverified form wrizd-, to avert the face (from source Sanskrit vrīda, embarrassment) from base an unverified form wer-, to turn
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Origin: French, from Latin rīdiculum, joke, from neuter of rīdiculus, laughable; see ridiculous.
- ridˈi·culˌer noun