Ridicule

Definition of Ridicule

Rid´i`cule
n.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.
- Hare.
Safe from the bar, the pulpit, and the throne,
Yet touched and shamed by ridicule alone.
- Pope.
3.Quality of being ridiculous; ridiculousness.
To see the ridicule of this practice.
- Addison.
v. t.1.To laugh at mockingly or disparagingly; to awaken ridicule toward or respecting.
[imp. & p. p. Ridiculed ;p. pr. & vb. n. Ridiculing.]
I 've known the young, who ridiculed his rage.
- Goldsmith.
a.1.Ridiculous.
This action . . . became so ridicule.
- Aubrey.

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