ridicule

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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɪdɪkjuːl/
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  • Hyphenation: rid‧i‧cule

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from French ridicule, from Latin rīdiculus (laughable, comical, amusing, absurd, ridiculous), from ridere (to laugh).

VerbEdit

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
    • 1738, Alexander Pope, Epilogue to the Satires: Dialogue II
      Safe from the Bar, the Pulpit, and the Throne, / Yet touch'd and sham'd by Ridicule alone.
  2. An object of sport or laughter; a laughing stock.
  3. The quality of being ridiculous; ridiculousness.
    • 1710 April 1 (Gregorian calendar), Joseph Addison; Richard Steele, “TUESDAY, March 21, 1709–1710”, in The Spectator, number 18; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, [], volume I, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, OCLC 191120697:
      to see the ridicule of this monstrous practice
    • 1842, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Lady Anne Granard, volume 1, page 65:
      More keenly alive perhaps than any of her sisters to the little ridicules that belonged to Mrs. Palmer's character, she yet saw how small was their importance, and that Mrs. Palmer was not only a better but a happier person than most of those with whom she was acquainted.
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ridicule (comparative more ridicule, superlative most ridicule)

  1. (obsolete) ridiculous
    • late 17th century, John Aubrey, Brief Lives
      This action [] became so ridicule.

Etymology 2Edit

From French ridicule, probably jocular alteration of réticule.

NounEdit

ridicule (plural ridicules)

  1. (now historical) A small woman's handbag; a reticule. [from 18th c.]

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin rīdiculus.

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ridicule (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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