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ridicule

rid·i·cule

ridicule

 
pronunciation:
rI dih kyul
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition: language or actions that make unkind fun of someone or something; mockery; derision.
The way his mother dressed him subjected him to ridicule by the other boys.
synonyms:
derision, mockery, scorn
similar words:
gibe, mock, sport
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ridiculed, ridicules, ridiculing
definition: to make fun of or laugh at, esp. unkindly or contemptuously; mock; deride.
Although he'd moved to the area years ago, some of the locals still ridiculed the way he spoke.She was not good at sports, and she was usually ridiculed when she came on the field.
synonyms:
deride, gibe, jape, mock, scorn, taunt
antonyms:
respect
similar words:
caricature, disdain, fleer, jeer, lampoon, make fun of, parody, poke fun at, put down, roast, sneer, travesty, twit
derivation: ridiculer (n.)
Word Parts
The word ridicule contains the following part:
rid, ris Latin root that means laugh