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ridicule

[rid-i-kyool] /ˈrɪd ɪˌkyul/
noun
1.
speech or action intended to cause contemptuous laughter at a person or thing; derision.
verb (used with object), ridiculed, ridiculing.
2.
to deride; make fun of.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; < Latin rīdiculum a joke, equivalent to rīd(ēre) to laugh + -i- -i- + -culum -cule2
Related forms
ridiculer, noun
self-ridicule, noun
unridiculed, adjective
Synonyms
1. mockery, raillery, sarcasm, satire, irony. 2. banter, chaff, rally, twit, burlesque, satirize, lampoon. Ridicule, deride, mock, taunt imply making game of a person, usually in an unkind, jeering way. To ridicule is to make fun of, either sportively and good-humoredly, or unkindly with the intention of humiliating: to ridicule a pretentious person. To deride is to assail one with scornful laughter: to deride a statement of belief. To mock is sometimes playfully, sometimes insultingly, to imitate and caricature the appearance or actions of another: She mocked the seriousness of his expression. To taunt is to call attention to something annoying or humiliating, usually maliciously and exultingly and often in the presence of others: to taunt a candidate about his defeat in an election.
Antonyms
praise.
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  • Although he was ridiculed at the time, acceptance of the fork soon followed.
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  • They have been praised and criticized, honored and ridiculed, by foes and fans.
  • The press ridiculed her for getting into people's business.
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  • It is easy to see why academics are ignored or even ridiculed.
  • On the television show he watches the first two contestants ridiculed by a lie-detector.
  • Her spending habits were ridiculed and her celebrity pretensions mocked.
British Dictionary definitions for ridiculed

ridicule

/ˈrɪdɪˌkjuːl/
noun
1.
language or behaviour intended to humiliate or mock; derision
verb
2.
(transitive) to make fun of, mock, or deride
Derived Forms
ridiculer, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Latin rīdiculus, from rīdēre to laugh
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Word Origin and History for ridiculed

ridicule

v.

1680s, "make ridiculous," from ridicule (n.) or else from French ridiculer, from ridicule. Meaning "make fun of" is from c.1700. Related: Ridiculed; ridiculing.

n.

1670s, "absurd thing;" 1680s, "words or actions meant to invoke ridicule," from French ridicule, noun use of adjective (15c.), or from Latin ridiculum "laughing matter, joke," from noun use of neuter of ridiculus (see ridiculous).

"He who brings ridicule to bear against truth, finds in his hand a blade without a hilt." [Walter Savage Landor, "Imaginary Conversations"]

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