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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 rid·i·cule /ˈrɪdəˌkju(ə)l/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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. [Obs.]
    To see the ridicule of this practice.   --Addison.
 Syn: -- Derision; banter; raillery; burlesque; mockery; irony; satire; sarcasm; gibe; jeer; sneer; ribbing.
 Usage: -- Ridicule, Derision, mockery, ribbing: All four words imply disapprobation; but ridicule and mockery may signify either good-natured opposition without manifest malice, or more maliciously, an attempt to humiliate.  Derision is commonly bitter and scornful, and sometimes malignant.  ribbing is almost always good-natured and fun-loving.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rid·i·cule, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ridiculed p. pr. & vb. n. Ridiculing.] To laugh at mockingly or disparagingly; to awaken ridicule toward or respecting.
    I 've known the young, who ridiculed his rage.   --Goldsmith.
 Syn: -- To deride; banter; rally; burlesque; mock; satirize; lampoon. See Deride.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rid·i·cule a.  Ridiculous. [Obs.]
    This action . . . became so ridicule.   --Aubrey.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: language or behavior intended to mock or humiliate
      2: the act of deriding or treating with contempt [syn: derision]
      v : subject to laughter or ridicule; "The satirists ridiculed
          the plans for a new opera house"; "The students poked fun
          at the inexperienced teacher"; "His former students
          roasted the professor at his 60th birthday" [syn: roast,
           guy, blackguard, laugh at, jest at, rib, make
          fun, poke fun]