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Definition of ridicule (Meaning of ridicule)
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Ridicule Rid"i*cule, n. [F. ridicule, L. ridiculum a jest, fr.
	     ridiculus. See {Ridiculous}.]
	     1. An object of sport or laughter; a laughingstock; a
	        laughing matter.
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	              [Marlborough] was so miserably ignorant, that his
	              deficiencies made him the ridicule of his
	              contemporaries.                       --Buckle.
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	              To the people . . . but a trifle, to the king but a
	              ridicule.                             --Foxe.
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	     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.
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	              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.
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	              Safe from the bar, the pulpit, and the throne,
	              Yet touched and shamed by ridicule alone. --Pope.
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	     3. Quality of being ridiculous; ridiculousness. [Obs.]
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	              To see the ridicule of this practice. --Addison.
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	     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.
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	  Ridicule 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.
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	           I 've known the young, who ridiculed his rage.
	                                                    --Goldsmith.
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	     Syn: To deride; banter; rally; burlesque; mock; satirize;
	          lampoon. See {Deride}.
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	  Ridicule Rid"i*cule, a. [F.]
	     Ridiculous. [Obs.]
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	           This action . . . became so ridicule.    --Aubrey.
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