Definition of ridicule noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈrɪdɪkjuːl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪdɪkjuːl//
Describing unpleasant traits
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[uncountable] unkind comments that make fun of somebody/something or make them look silly synonym mockery She is an object of ridicule in the tabloid newspapers. to hold somebody up to ridicule (= make fun of somebody publicly) See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits Word Originlate 17th cent.: from French, or from Latin ridiculum, neuter (used as a noun) of ridiculus ‘laughable’, from ridere ‘to laugh’.Extra examples The president was becoming an object of ridicule. He did not want to be identified, fearing the ridicule of his friends. She might find herself exposed to public ridicule. She soon became an object of ridicule.
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