Etymology
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ridicule (v.)

1680s, "make ridiculous" (a sense now obsolete); c. 1700, "treat with contemptuous merriment, make sport of, deride," from ridicule (n.) or else from French ridiculer, from ridicule. Chapman, for a verb, used ridiculize. Related: Ridiculed; ridiculing.

ridicule (n.)

1670s, "absurd thing, object of mockery or contempt;" 1680s, "words or actions meant to invoke ridicule or excite laughter at someone's expense," from French ridicule, noun use of adjective (15c.), or from Latin ridiculum "laughing matter, a joke, a jest," noun use of neuter of ridiculus "laughable, funny, absurd," from ridere "to laugh" (see risible).

"He who brings ridicule to bear against truth, finds in his hand a blade without a hilt." [Walter Savage Landor, "Imaginary Conversations"]

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Definitions of ridicule
1
ridicule (n.)
language or behavior intended to mock or humiliate;
ridicule (n.)
the act of deriding or treating with contempt;
Synonyms: derision
2
ridicule (v.)
subject to laughter or ridicule;
The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house
Synonyms: roast / guy / blackguard / laugh at / jest at / rib / / poke fun
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