Synonyms & Antonyms of ridicule

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the making of unkind jokes as a way of showing one's scorn for someone or something
  • the early efforts by the suffragists to obtain voting rights for women were met with ridicule

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Synonyms & Antonyms of ridicule (Entry 2 of 2)

to make (someone or something) the object of unkind laughter
  • the term "big bang theory" was originally coined to ridicule the belief that the universe was created by a giant explosion

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How is the word ridicule distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of ridicule are deride, mock, and taunt. While all these words mean "to make an object of laughter of," ridicule implies a deliberate often malicious belittling.

consistently ridiculed everything she said

When is deride a more appropriate choice than ridicule?

The meanings of deride and ridicule largely overlap; however, deride suggests contemptuous and often bitter ridicule.

derided their efforts to start their own business

In what contexts can mock take the place of ridicule?

The words mock and ridicule are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, mock implies scorn often ironically expressed as by mimicry or sham deference.

youngsters began to mock the helpless wino

When is it sensible to use taunt instead of ridicule?

While the synonyms taunt and ridicule are close in meaning, taunt suggests jeeringly provoking insult or challenge.

hometown fans taunted the visiting team

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The first known use of ridicule was in 1675

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“Ridicule.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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