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- (transitive) to criticize or disapprove of someone or something through scornful jocularity; to make fun of
- His older sibling constantly ridiculed him with sarcastic remarks.
- derision; mocking or humiliating words or behaviour
- Alexander Pope
- Safe from the bar, the pulpit, and the throne, / Yet touched and shamed by ridicule alone.
- Alexander Pope
- An object of sport or laughter; a laughing stock.
- [Marlborough] was so miserably ignorant, that his deficiencies made him the ridicule of his contemporaries.
- To the people […] but a trifle, to the king but a ridicule.
- The quality of being ridiculous; ridiculousness.
- to see the ridicule of this practice
- See also Thesaurus:ridicule
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for ridicule in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
- ridicule in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- ridicule in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
ridicule (plural ridicules)
- ridiculous (all meanings)
- “ridicule” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- ridicule in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- ridicule in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- ridicule in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette