• WordNet 3.6
    • v ridicule subject to laughter or ridicule "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"
    • n ridicule the act of deriding or treating with contempt
    • n ridicule language or behavior intended to mock or humiliate
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A spinster instructs a group of younger ladies on the unnecessary nature of husbands. The caption says, “Nonsense, my dears! Husbands are ridiculous things & are quite unnecessary!” A spinster instructs a group of younger ladies on the unnecessary nature of husbands. The caption says, “Nonsense, my...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is an organization called SCROOGE in Charlottesville, Virginia that stands for Society to Curtail Ridiculous, Outrageous, and Ostentatious Gift Exchanges. This was formed to keep gift giving affordable and simple
    • Ridicule An object of sport or laughter; a laughingstock; a laughing matter. "Marlborough] was so miserably ignorant, that his deficiencies made him the ridicule of his contemporaries.""To the people . . . but a trifle, to the king but a ridicule ."
    • Ridicule Quality of being ridiculous; ridiculousness. "To see the ridicule of this practice."
    • Ridicule 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. "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.""Safe from the bar, the pulpit, and the throne,
      Yet touched and shamed by ridicule alone."
    • a Ridicule Ridiculous. "This action . . . became so ridicule ."
    • v. t Ridicule To laugh at mockingly or disparagingly; to awaken ridicule toward or respecting. "I 've known the young, who ridiculed his rage."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: President Grover Cleveland was a draft dodger. He hired someone to enter the service in his place, for which he was ridiculed by his political opponent, James G. Blaine. It was soon discovered, however, that Blaine had done the same thing himself.
    • ridicule Ridiculous.
    • n ridicule Mocking or jesting words intended to excite laughter, with more or less contempt, at the expense of the person or thing of whom they are spoken or written; also, action or gesture designed to produce the same effect.
    • n ridicule An object of mockery or contemptuous jesting.
    • n ridicule Ridiculousness.
    • n ridicule Synonyms Derision, mockery, gibe, jeer, sneer. See satire, ludicrous, and banter, verb
    • ridicule To treat with ridicule; treat with contemptuous merriment; represent as deserving of contemptuous mirth; mock; make sport or game of; deride.
    • ridicule Synonyms Deride, Mock, etc. (see taunt), jeer at, scoff at, scout; rally, make fun of, lampoon. See the noun.
    • ridicule To bring ridicule upon a person or thing; make some one or something ridiculous; cause contemptuous laughter.
    • n ridicule A corruption of reticule, formerly common.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ridicule rid′i-kūl wit exposing one to laughter: derision: mockery
    • v.t Ridicule to laugh at: to expose to merriment: to deride: to mock
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  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.”
  • Voltaire
    “In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.”
  • Albert Camus
    “All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.”


From the sublime to the ridiculous - If something declines considerably in quality or importance, it is said to have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ridicule, L. ridiculum, a jest, fr. ridiculus,. See Ridiculous


In literature:

Young persons appear ridiculous when satirizing or ridiculing books, people or things.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
I won't be made ridiculous.
"The Point Of Honor A Military Tale" by Joseph Conrad
Nothing is more shallow and ridiculous.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
The prices are positively ridiculous.
"The Cockaynes in Paris" by Blanchard Jerrold
She became aware that she was ridiculous.
"A Chance Acquaintance" by W. D. Howells
At dinner he talked much of the tender passion, and did so in a manner which stirred up Thackeray's feeling of the ridiculous.
"Thackeray" by Anthony Trollope
The United States uniform and the soldiers alike are scorned and ridiculed.
"The Red Conspiracy" by Joseph J. Mereto
Worry's idea is ridiculous.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
When you ridicule a thing or a person, you may ridicule the tender heart of one you should cheer and help.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
That would only make me ridiculous.
"The Mask" by Arthur Hornblow

In poetry:

And he turned a little paler
When there came a sudden squall;
For this funny little sailor
Was ridiculously small.
"The Pirate Poodle" by Carolyn Wells
Should you employ your Ridicule,
On those who Pity claim?
Think, Birtha, is the native Fool
For Wit a proper Theme?
"Verses Sent To A Lady, Who Took Delight In Ridiculing A Person" by Mary Barber
His views of heaven were very free;
His views of life were painfully
Ridiculous; but fervently
He dwelt on marriage sanctity.
"A Moral Vindicator" by Francis Bret Harte
A man that takes delight to tell
His neebor's fauts that by him dwell,
If he do see them prosper well,
He'll ridicule;
Whene'er he look unto himsel',
He sees a fool.
"Address To Doggerels" by Susannah Hawkins
I pip'd to thee, thou didst not like the sport —
I wept full sore, and yet thou didst not mourn —
Means, (fair and foul) I tried of ev'ry sort,
Yet thou didst nought but ridicule return.
"Mr. Prichard's Complaint Of The Town Of Llandovery (The Author's Parish) And His Advice And Warning " by Rees Prichard
When you go underground with all your airs,
Your kindly lies and your ridiculous prayers,
You shall not ever fear to face again
The strong man's rage, the woman wild with pain
Nor song nor sigh will beat upon your brain.
"Song for a Singer" by John Shaw Neilson

In news:

"The ridiculously good-looking surgery baby" can now add "pooped in his diaper during a live interview on NBC's Today show" to his growing list of public appearances.
Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, the Republican who's vying to be the next president, is known for spouting some ridiculous things.
The often-controversial Rep Pete Stark (D-Calif.) is once more catching the attention of conservative bloggers with a recording from a town hall meeting in which he ridicules a Minuteman.
Barney Frank 'wedding' ridiculed ceremony that Americans treasure.
The term "sublime to ridiculous" seems fitting this week.
AMERICANS are often ridiculed for lacking knowledge of world news.
We already know B.o.B will collaborate with anyone who moves units, but this is ridiculous.
The ridicule is out there, and Pirates president Frank Coonelly deserves every bit of it.
Respectfully Mr Governor, that is ridiculous.
He may have fallen on hard times, but this is ridiculous.
B arack Obama has released a ridiculous little 20-page pamphlet — 20 pages with lots of pictures — detailing his agenda for a second term.
Ever gotten drunk with your buddies and had a ridiculously awesome, testosterone-inspired idea.
Five Ridiculous May Day Protest Videos.
This Week's Rolling Stones Plotline on 'Mad Men' Wasn't Ridiculous Because It Happened in Real Life.
If you think it sounds ridiculous, so did a lot of people.

In science:

As we started from the assumption that W is the environment with which S is interacting, it is ridiculous to talk of a measurement on the environment.
Comment on "Hidden assumptions in decoherence theory"
However equating the curvature of spacetime to the probability function is now clearly ridiculous.
Quantum fields as gravitational sources
The preceding proof shows that the construction in Proposition 2.2 yields all presemifields, and each one in ridiculously many ways.
A projection construction for semifields
In the theory of large chaotic systems there are quantities that are so ridiculously hard to keep track of that we are inclined to think of them as completely meaningless.
Black Hole Complementarity and the Harlow-Hayden Conjecture
In terms of temperature, this gives ridiculously large numbers.
3d SU(N) + adjoint Higgs theory and finite temperature QCD