ridicule

noun
rid·​i·​cule | \ ˈri-də-ˌkyül How to pronounce ridicule (audio) \

Definition of ridicule

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act of ridiculing : derision, mockery

ridicule

verb
ridiculed; ridiculing

Definition of ridicule (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make fun of

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Other Words from ridicule

Verb

ridiculer noun

Synonyms for ridicule

Synonyms: Noun

derision, mockery, sport

Synonyms: Verb

deride, gibe (or jibe), jeer, laugh (at), mock, scout, shoot down, skewer

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Verb

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

Examples of ridicule in a Sentence

Noun

She didn't show anyone her artwork for fear of ridicule. the early efforts by the suffragists to obtain voting rights for women were met with ridicule

Verb

The other kids ridiculed him for the way he dressed. They ridiculed all of her suggestions.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The announcement drew ridicule on social media after New York Times assistant managing editor Carolyn Ryan tweeted about the event. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "A 'Straight Pride' Parade in Boston? These three men have a proposed route and a tentative date," 4 June 2019 Only 17 years before, William Jennings Bryan had become an object of ridicule during the Scopes Trial in Dayton, Tenn., for his fundamentalist beliefs about creation. D.g. Hart, WSJ, "‘Skepticism and American Faith’ Review: Believe It or Not," 22 Aug. 2018 Kim's socializing with the NBA's enfant terrible Dennis Rodman also has set him up for ridicule. Krys Lee, Dallas News, "Book peers inside the hidden life of N. Korea's Kim Jong Un," 18 June 2019 Speaking little English young Tsoi quickly learned that his favorite fish porridge and Chinese pickles in his lunch box would invite days of ridicule and harassment. Bob Morris, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Immigrant finds his calling with civic, cultural bridge-building," 17 June 2019 Kate's one of the first plus-size characters in pop-culture who's actually treated like a real person—not some caricature designed for ridicule or embarrassing slapstick humor. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Chrissy Metz Just Landed a Lead Movie Role That Has Nothing to Do With Weight," 1 Feb. 2018 Something is always going on in that place that is worthy of ridicule. Fox News, "Greg Gutfeld: As Trump disproves naysayers, they cling to tapes," 28 July 2018 The video went viral, and the woman soon became the brunt of massive online ridicule for her complete naiveté to black culture. Matt Miller, Esquire, "Remember The White Mom Crying About Rap? Atlanta Just Brilliantly Put it Into Perspective.," 16 Mar. 2018 And yet the phallus is a dominant symbol of the moment, as metonym for power but also an object of ridicule as gender relations shift. Vogue, "Radical Feminist Artist Renate Bertlmann Exhibits Dildos in Dresses at Her First Solo Show Stateside," 1 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The investment world will ridicule the bears, not the bulls. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "If everyone else is worried about stocks, capitalize on the fear and make a fortune," 7 July 2019 For just as Stern is credited with saving the NBA, the players should be credited — not ridiculed — for taking more ownership of it. Lz Granderson, latimes.com, "The NBA’s transition from marketing superstars to super teams," 6 July 2019 After being ridiculed as the first NCAA number one seed to lose a first-round game in 2018, the Cavaliers rebounded this year to win the title. Jay Brinker, Cincinnati.com, "Guest TML: The midseason awards for 2019 Bengals, Reds, UC, FC Cincinnati, Tiger Woods," 28 June 2019 Black single mothers also continue to be shamed and ridiculed, most notably by politicians, largely due to assumptions that a single mother’s children will suffer under her care. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A shooting ended Marshae Jones’s pregnancy. Police say it’s her fault.," 27 June 2019 In comments that would later be widely ridiculed, Lam compared accepting Hong Kong people’s demands for the extradition law to be withdrawn to a mother giving in to her spoiled children’s demands. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "Hong Kong’s industrious, loyal—and hugely out of touch—leader is on her last legs," 17 June 2019 Sadness, resentment and burnout aren’t going to be shamed or ridiculed away by the part of you acculturated to scoff at such pain. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Feeling sad and resentful after move to a different country," 12 Apr. 2019 One suggested that driving could harm a woman’s ovaries, a notion ridiculed by many Saudis on social media. Alexandra Zavis, latimes.com, "Women are the bulk of ride-app customers in Saudi Arabia. Soon they will be ride-app drivers," 27 Mar. 2018 An article in an official army periodical is being ridiculed for claiming that the Russian military has psychic abilities and has used them in wartime. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Journal Claims Russian Troops Have Psychic Powers," 4 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of ridicule

Noun

1675, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1680, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ridicule

Noun

French or Latin; French, from Latin ridiculum jest

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ridicule

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ridicule

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of ridicule (Entry 2 of 2)

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

ridicule

noun
rid·​i·​cule | \ ˈri-də-ˌkyül How to pronounce ridicule (audio) \

Kids Definition of ridicule

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

ridicule

verb
ridiculed; ridiculing

Kids Definition of ridicule (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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