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