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RIDICULE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ridicule mean? 

RIDICULE (noun)
  The noun RIDICULE has 2 senses:

1. language or behavior intended to mock or humiliate
2. the act of deriding or treating with contempt

  Familiarity information: RIDICULE used as a noun is rare.


RIDICULE (verb)
  The verb RIDICULE has 1 sense:

1. subject to laughter or ridicule

  Familiarity information: RIDICULE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


RIDICULE (noun)


Sense 1ridicule [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Language or behavior intended to mock or humiliate

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("ridicule" is a kind of...):

discourtesy; disrespect (an expression of lack of respect)


Sense 2ridicule [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of deriding or treating with contempt

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

derision; ridicule

Hypernyms ("ridicule" is a kind of...):

discourtesy; offence; offense; offensive activity (a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ridicule"):

mock (the act of mocking or ridiculing)


RIDICULE (verb)


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Meaning:

Subject to laughter or ridicule

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

ridicule; poke fun; make fun; laugh at; jest at; guy; blackguard; rib; roast

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "ridicule" is one way to...):

bemock; mock (treat with contempt)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "ridicule"):

tease (mock or make fun of playfully)

lampoon; satirise; satirize (ridicule with satire)

debunk; expose (expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas)

stultify (cause to appear foolish)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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