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It’s easier to ridicule her ideas than to seriously refute her findings.
  mock (make fun of); or the language or behavior that does so
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ridicule ridiculed ridicules ridiculing
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  • It’s easier to ridicule her ideas than to seriously refute her findings.
  • In his day, he was ridiculed for saying the earth is round.
  • Everything is subject to good-humored ridicule on the sitcom.
  • I knew what it was like to be ridiculed, and I hated it.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy

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  • ...the point is, when you hold people up for ridicule, you have to take responsibility when other people act on it.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • He has come to borrow money from Troy, and while he knows he will be successful, he is uncertain as to what extent his lifestyle will be held up to scrutiny and ridicule.
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • Well, it’s not easy to stand alone against the ridicule of others.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • Both facts made me an object of curiosity—and ridicule.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Colin felt an odd mix of feelings, like his talent was at once being inflated and ridiculed.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • I’ve been ridiculed, mocked, and screamed at until my ears rang.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave

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  • The other people in the office laughed along, ridiculing him.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I knew that the mouse—wolf relationship was a revolutionary one to science and would be treated with suspicion, and possibly with ridicule, unless it could be so thoroughly substantiated that there would be no room to doubt its validity.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • In a moment of recklessness, I had ridiculed Eros’s archery skills.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Taunted and bullied, ridiculed and abused by other children.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • It wasn’t a ridiculing laugh; it was a happy laugh at a good joke.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Her face flushed again at the thought of the ridicule.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Cartoons continued to ridicule Catherine O’Leary and curious tourists came to gawk at the O’Learys’ property.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • He was often ridiculed by the other children at his school and had shown up more than once with wide red welts on his arms which Lillian Jean, his older sister, had revealed with satisfaction were the result of his associating with us.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • His classmates were less supportive; the ridicule was frequent and varied.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • They didn’t question him, didn’t laugh or ask why, they didn’t ignore him and continue with the ridicule, and they didn’t turn their derision on him.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • I now resorted to my last weapon, ridicule.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Five years ago our African people, with that cruel humour which is theirs, would have laughed, and that ridicule would have destroyed our country, with its still frail bonds.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Among his colleagues he was considered something of a dandy, though not absurdly so; his considerable academic reputation was a safeguard against ridicule.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I can remember drawing such mustaches myself, and the spite that went into them, the desire to ridicule, to deflate, and the feeling of power.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • "Yes, and I’m sure he’s very sensitive about that, so don’t ridicule him," Mr. Poe said, coughing again into his handkerchief.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • They ridiculed me, but I knew it was a vampire.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • You will regret those moments of ridicule for a long time.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Something ridiculed her throat.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • I thought of how I had used my literacy to ridicule Hassan.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Maybe being the least prestigious, poorest, most ridiculed district in the country has its advantages.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Instead, they mocked and shouted and ridiculed as the Launchies tried to master difficult skills with untrained muscles.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • "This" was the ridicule, which was a result of the interrogation, where he admitted that he joined Dauntless to escape his father.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • I couldn’t stand being ridiculed.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • I hope I never ridicule what is wise and good.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • , than thus descend the staircase at the Tuileries driven away by ridicule.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Indeed, he delighted in ridiculing the policies of the Democratic Party and was a vocal admirer of Ronald Reagan.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • I feared ridicule and censure.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Prince Andrew gaily bore with his father’s ridicule of the new men, and drew him on and listened to him with evident pleasure.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Nelson had ridiculed Gbenye’s aim by calling him nkento.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • You are as white as a ghost, the inmates ridiculed as the guards marched him in, naked and cold.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The story he had been active to ridicule only that morning rushed through Kemp’s brain.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • I mean, nobody wishes more than I do that it had all been quick and clean, and my head had come off properly, I mean, it would have saved me a great deal of pain and ridicule.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • It wasn’t easy tolerating him talking this way to her, to bear his scorn, his ridicule, his insults, his walking past her like she was nothing but a house cat.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • We laughed at the panhandler on the block, but he wasn’t just an object of ridicule, he was an unsettling omen.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • The colonel stopped in his tracks again and eyed the chaplain sharply to make certain he was not being ridiculed.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Ben Rogers hove in sight presently—the very boy, of all boys, whose ridicule he had been dreading.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • She even ridiculed him in her mind and was a little ashamed of the association.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Suddenly he blundered into the open, found himself again in that open space—and there was the fathom-wide grin of the skull, no longer ridiculing a deep blue patch of sky but jeering up into a blanket of smoke.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • ’Pockets, women’s ridicules, houses, mail-coaches, banks!’ said Mr. Claypole, rising with the porter.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
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