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ridicule

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of ridicule

  1. 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 Synonyms of ridicule derision, mockery, sport Words Related to ridicule contempt, disdain, scorn; belittlement, deprecation, disparagement; catcall, insult, put-down; laughter, snickering; burlesque, caricature, mimicry, pasquinade, satire Near Antonyms of ridicule applause, approval, commendation, praise


ridicule

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of ridicule

  1. 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 Synonyms of ridicule deride, gibe (or jibe), jeer, laugh (at), mock, scout, shoot down, skewer Words Related to ridicule scoff (at), scorn, sneer (at); bad-mouth, belittle, decry, disparage, pooh-pooh (also pooh), put down; chaff, jive, josh, kid, quiz, rally, razz, rib, ride, tease, tweak, twit; bait, barrack [chiefly British], bug, catcall, harass, harry, hassle, heckle, needle, pester, rag, target, taunt, torment; ape, burlesque, caricature, imitate, lampoon, mimic, parody, parrot, pillory, satirize, take off (on), travesty Phrases cock a snook (at) also cock snooks (at), make fun of, make sport of, poke fun at, rag on Near Antonyms of ridicule applaud, approve, commend, endorse (also indorse), sanction

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


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