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ridicule

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin ridiculus (laughable, comical, amusing, absurd, ridiculous), from ridere (to laugh).

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ridicule (third-person singular simple present ridicules, present participle ridiculing, simple past and past participle ridiculed)

  1. (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.

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ridicule (countable and uncountable, plural ridicules)

  1. 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.
  2. An object of sport or laughter; a laughing stock.
    • Buckle
      [Marlborough] was so miserably ignorant, that his deficiencies made him the ridicule of his contemporaries.
    • Foxe
      To the people [] but a trifle, to the king but a ridicule.
  3. The quality of being ridiculous; ridiculousness.
    • Addison
      to see the ridicule of this practice

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ridicule (comparative more ridicule, superlative most ridicule)

  1. (obsolete) ridiculous
    This action [] became so ridicule. — Aubrey.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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ridicule (masculine and feminine, plural ridicules)

  1. ridiculous (all meanings)

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From rīdiculus (laughable; ridiculous), from rīdeō (to laugh; mock).

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rīdiculē (comparative rīdiculius, superlative rīdiculissimē)

  1. laughably, amusingly
  2. absurdly, ridiculously

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