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[rid-i-kyool] /ˈrɪd ɪˌkyul/
speech or action intended to cause contemptuous laughter at a person or thing; derision.
verb (used with object), ridiculed, ridiculing.
to deride; make fun of.
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
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. Unabridged
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Examples for ridicules
  • 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.
  • He constantly and wrongly ridicules people and things.
  • He sometimes encourages him with words but as often as not he ridicules him and slaps him around.
  • If you don't truly believe that then you should apologize for making such a ridicules statement.
British Dictionary definitions for ridicules


language or behaviour intended to humiliate or mock; derision
(transitive) to make fun of, mock, or deride
Derived Forms
ridiculer, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Latin rīdiculus, from rīdēre to laugh
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ridicules
1680s, from Fr. ridicule, from L. ridiculum, neut. of ridiculus (see ridiculous). The noun is 1700, from the verb.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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