Definitions for ridiculeˈrɪd ɪˌkyul

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rid•i•cule*ˈrɪd ɪˌkyul(n.; v.)-culed, -cul•ing.

  1. (n.)speech or action intended to cause contemptuous laughter; derision.

  2. (v.t.)to make fun of.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

* Syn: ridicule , deride , mock , taunt mean to make fun of a person. To ridicule is to make fun of, either playfully or with the intention of humiliating: to ridicule a pretentious person. To deride is to laugh at scornfully: a student derided for acting silly. To mock is to make fun of by imitating another: She mocked his surprised expression. To taunt is to call attention to something annoying or humiliating, usu. maliciously and in front of others: The bully taunted the smaller boy.

Origin of ridicule:

1665–75; < L rīdiculum a joke <rīdēre to laugh


Princeton's WordNet

  1. ridicule(noun)

    language or behavior intended to mock or humiliate

  2. derision, ridicule(verb)

    the act of deriding or treating with contempt

  3. ridicule, roast, guy, blackguard, laugh at, jest at, rib, make fun, poke fun(verb)

    subject to laughter or ridicule

    "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house"; "The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher"; "His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday"


  1. ridicule(Noun)

    derision; mocking or humiliating words or behaviour

  2. ridicule(Verb)

    to criticize or disapprove of someone or something through scornful jocularity; to make fun of

    His older sibling constantly ridiculed him with sarcastic remarks.

  3. ridicule(Adjective)


    This action became so ridicule. uE000116473uE001 Aubrey.

  4. Origin: From ridiculus, from ridere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ridicule(noun)

    an object of sport or laughter; a laughingstock; a laughing matter

  2. Ridicule(noun)

    remarks concerning a subject or a person designed to excite laughter with a degree of contempt; wit of that species which provokes contemptuous laughter; disparagement by making a person an object of laughter; banter; -- a term lighter than derision

  3. Ridicule(noun)

    quality of being ridiculous; ridiculousness

  4. Ridicule(verb)

    to laugh at mockingly or disparagingly; to awaken ridicule toward or respecting

  5. Ridicule(adj)



  1. Ridicule

    Ridicule is a 1996 French film set in the 18th century at the decadent court of Versailles, where social status can rise and fall based on one's ability to mete out witty insults and avoid ridicule oneself. The story examines the social injustices of late 18th century France, in showing the corruption and callousness of the aristocrats.

Translations for ridicule

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laughter at someone or something; mockery

Despite the ridicule of his neighbours he continued to build a spaceship in his garden.

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