- 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.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Latin ridiculus (“laughable, comical, amusing, absurd, ridiculous"), from ridere (“to laugh").