- 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 of ridiculeFrench ; 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
- The act of using words, gestures, images, or other products of expression to evoke laughter or contemptuous feelings regarding a person or thing: a remark that invited the ridicule of his classmates.
- The words or other products of expression used in this way: was subjected to a torrent of ridicule.
transitive verbrid·i·culed, rid·i·cul·ing, rid·i·cules
Origin of ridiculeFrench, from Latin rīdiculum, joke, from neuter of rīdiculus, laughable; see ridiculous.
(third-person singular simple present ridicules, present participle ridiculing, simple past and past participle ridiculed)
(countable and uncountable, plural ridicules)
(comparative more ridicule, superlative most ridicule)
- (obsolete) ridiculous
- This action […] became so ridicule. — Aubrey.
From Latin ridiculus (“laughable, comical, amusing, absurd, ridiculous”), from ridere (“to laugh”).