Ridicule Definition

rĭdĭ-kyo͝ol
ridiculed, ridicules, ridiculing
noun
ridicules
The act of making someone or something the object of scornful laughter by joking, mocking, etc.; derision.
Webster's New World
The words or other products of expression used in this way.
Was subjected to a torrent of ridicule.
American Heritage
Words or actions intended to produce such laughter.
Webster's New World
An absurdity.
Webster's New World
Foolishness.
Webster's New World
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verb
ridiculed, ridicules, ridiculing
To make the object of scornful laughter; make fun of; deride.
Webster's New World
adjective

(obsolete) Ridiculous.

This action [...] became so ridicule. "” Aubrey.
Wiktionary
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Wiktionary

Origin of Ridicule

  • French from Latin rīdiculum joke from neuter of rīdiculus laughable ridiculous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin ridiculus (“laughable, comical, amusing, absurd, ridiculous"), from ridere (“to laugh").

    From Wiktionary

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