When you ridicule someone, you mock or make fun of them. They become the object of your ridicule or mockery. Your bad behavior might bring ridicule on your parents, who raised you to know better.

The word ridicule is related to ridiculous. If you ridicule a friend, you try to make them look ridiculous. But now that isn't very friendly! Both words come from the Latin redire which means to laugh. When you are ridiculed, you are made a laughing stock, but being the object of ridicule is never funny.

Definitions of ridicule

n language or behavior intended to mock or humiliate

Type of:
discourtesy, disrespect
an expression of lack of respect

n the act of deriding or treating with contempt

the act of mocking or ridiculing
Type of:
discourtesy, offence, offense, offensive activity
a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others

v subject to laughter or ridicule

“The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house”
blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, rib, roast
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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
cause to appear foolish
uncloak, unmask
reveal the true nature of
Type of:
bemock, mock
treat with contempt

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