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Meaning of RIDICULE

Pronunciation:  'ridu`kyool

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of deriding or treating with contempt
  2. [n]  language or behavior intended to mock or humiliate
  3. [v]  subject to laughter or ridicule; "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house"; "The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher"

RIDICULE is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: blackguard, derision, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, rib
 See Also: bemock, debunk, discourtesy, discourtesy, disrespect, expose, lampoon, mock, offence, offense, offensive activity, satirise, satirize, stultify



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rid"i*cule\, n. [F. ridicule, L. ridiculum a jest, fr.
    ridiculus. See {Ridiculous}.]
    1. An object of sport or laughter; a laughingstock; a
       laughing matter.
             [Marlborough] was so miserably ignorant, that his
             deficiencies made him the ridicule of his
             contemporaries.                       --Buckle.
             To the people . . . but a trifle, to the king but a
             ridicule.                             --Foxe.
    2. 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.
             We have in great measure restricted the meaning of
             ridicule, which would properly extend over whole
             region of the ridiculous, -- the laughable, -- and
             we have narrowed it so that in common usage it
             mostly corresponds to ``derision'', which does
             indeed involve personal and offensive feelings.
             Safe from the bar, the pulpit, and the throne, Yet
             touched and shamed by ridicule alone. --Pope.
    3. Quality of being ridiculous; ridiculousness. [Obs.]
             To see the ridicule of this practice. --Addison.
    Syn: Derision; banter; raillery; burlesque; mockery; irony;
         satire; sarcasm; gibe; jeer; sneer.
    Usage: {Ridicule}, {Derision}, Both words imply
           disapprobation; but ridicule usually signifies
           good-natured, fun-loving opposition without manifest
           malice, while derision is commonly bitter and
           scornful, and sometimes malignant.
  2. \Rid"i*cule\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ridiculed};p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Ridiculing}.]
    To laugh at mockingly or disparagingly; to awaken ridicule
    toward or respecting.
          I 've known the young, who ridiculed his rage.
    Syn: To deride; banter; rally; burlesque; mock; satirize;
         lampoon. See {Deride}.
  3. \Rid"i*cule\, a. [F.]
    Ridiculous. [Obs.]
          This action . . . became so ridicule.    --Aubrey.