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

 

ridicule

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈrɪdɪkjuːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪdɪkjuːl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ridicule
BrE BrE//ˈrɪdɪkjuːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪdɪkjuːl//
 
he / she / it ridicules
BrE BrE//ˈrɪdɪkjuːlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪdɪkjuːlz//
 
past simple ridiculed
BrE BrE//ˈrɪdɪkjuːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪdɪkjuːld//
 
past participle ridiculed
BrE BrE//ˈrɪdɪkjuːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪdɪkjuːld//
 
-ing form ridiculing
BrE BrE//ˈrɪdɪkjuːlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪdɪkjuːlɪŋ//
 
Describing unpleasant traits
 
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ridicule somebody/something to make somebody/something look silly by laughing at them or it in an unkind way synonym make fun of somebody/something See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits Word Origin late 17th cent.: from French, or from Latin ridiculum, neuter (used as a noun) of ridiculus ‘laughable’, from ridere ‘to laugh’.Extra examples She was mercilessly ridiculed in the press for suggesting this. They ridicule the president as a man who has lost control of events. At first, his theory was ridiculed and dismissed. She suspected him of trying to ridicule her.
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