Variant of ridicule
- 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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