ridicule

[rid-i-kyool]
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:
1665–75; < Latin rīdiculum a joke, equivalent to rīd(ēre) to laugh + -i- -i- + -culum -cule2

ridiculer, noun
self-ridicule, noun
unridiculed, adjective


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.


praise.
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ridicule (ˈrɪdɪˌkjuːl)
 
n
1.  language or behaviour intended to humiliate or mock; derision
 
vb
2.  (tr) to make fun of, mock, or deride
 
[C17: from French, from Latin rīdiculus, from rīdēre to laugh]
 
'ridiculer
 
n

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ridicule
1680s, from Fr. ridicule, from L. ridiculum, neut. of ridiculus (see ridiculous). The noun is 1700, from the verb.
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Example sentences
The idea of infinity having various sizes sound ridicules.
Your missing the big picture by being petty and ridicules.
Martial ridicules a gentleman of his day whose countenance resembled the face
  of a swimmer seen under water.
Always asking for the moon and blame everything else on their own
  non-performance is ridicules.
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