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ridicule

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noun rid·i·cule \ˈri-də-ˌkyül\

Definition of ridicule

  1. :  the act of ridiculing :  derision, mockery

Examples of ridicule in a Sentence

  1. She didn't show anyone her artwork for fear of ridicule.

  2. the early efforts by the suffragists to obtain voting rights for women were met with ridicule

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Origin and Etymology of ridicule

French or Latin; French, from Latin ridiculum jest


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ridicule

verb rid·i·cule

Definition of ridicule

ridiculed

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ridiculing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make fun of

ridiculer

noun

Examples of ridicule in a Sentence

  1. The other kids ridiculed him for the way he dressed.

  2. They ridiculed all of her suggestions.

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First Known Use of ridicule

1680

Synonym Discussion of ridicule

ridicule, deride, mock, taunt mean to make an object of laughter of. ridicule implies a deliberate often malicious belittling. consistently ridiculed everything she said deride suggests contemptuous and often bitter ridicule. derided their efforts to start their own business mock implies scorn often ironically expressed as by mimicry or sham deference. youngsters began to mock the helpless wino taunt suggests jeeringly provoking insult or challenge. hometown fans taunted the visiting team


RIDICULE Defined for English Language Learners

ridicule

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Definition of ridicule for English Language Learners

  • : the act of making fun of someone or something in a cruel or harsh way : harsh comments made by people who are laughing at someone or something

ridicule

verb

Definition of ridicule for English Language Learners

  • : to laugh at and make jokes about (someone or something) in a cruel or harsh way : to make fun of (someone or something)


RIDICULE Defined for Kids

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ridicule

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noun rid·i·cule \ˈri-də-ˌkyül\

Definition of ridicule for Students

  1. :  the act of making fun of someone or something in a cruel or harsh way :  mean or unkind comments or behavior


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ridicule

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verb rid·i·cule

Definition of ridicule for Students

ridiculed

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ridiculing

  1. :  to make fun of in a cruel or harsh way They ridiculed the idea.



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