ridicule

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
  1. noun
    language or behavior intended to mock or humiliate
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    type of:
    discourtesy, disrespect
    an expression of lack of respect
  2. noun
    the act of deriding or treating with contempt
    synonyms: derision
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    types:
    mock
    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
  3. verb
    subject to laughter or ridicule
    “The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house”
    synonyms: blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, rib, roast
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    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
    uncloak, unmask
    reveal the true nature of
    type of:
    bemock, mock
    treat with contempt
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