(Rid"i*cule), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ridiculed ;p. pr. & vb. n. Ridiculing.] To laugh at mockingly
or disparagingly; to awaken ridicule toward or respecting.
I 've known the young, who ridiculed his rage.Goldsmith.
Syn. To deride; banter; rally; burlesque; mock; satirize; lampoon. See Deride.
(Rid"i*cule) a. [F.] Ridiculous. [Obs.]
This action . . . became so ridicule.Aubrey.
(Rid"i*cu`ler) n. One who ridicules.
(Ri*dic"u*lize) v. t. To make ridiculous; to ridicule. [Obs.] Chapman.
(Ri*dic`u*los"i*ty) n. The quality or state of being ridiculous; ridiculousness; also, something
ridiculous. [Archaic] Bailey.
(Ri*dic"u*lous) a. [L. ridiculosus, ridiculus, fr. ridere to laigh. Cf. Risible.]
1. Fitted to excite ridicule; absurd and laughable; unworthy of serious consideration; as, a ridiculous dress
Agricola, discerning that those little targets and unwieldy glaives ill pointed would soon become ridiculous
against the thrust and close, commanded three Batavian cohorts . . . to draw up and come to handy
2. Involving or expressing ridicule. [r.]
[It] provokes me to ridiculous smiling.Shak.
Syn. Ludicrous; laughable; risible; droll; comical; absurd; preposterous. See Ludicrous.
- Ri*dic"u*lous*ly, adv. Ri*dic"u*lous*ness, n.
(Rid"ing) n. [For thriding, Icel. þriðjungr the third part, fr. þriði third, akin to E. third. See Third.]
One of the three jurisdictions into which the county of York, in England, is divided; formerly under the
government of a reeve. They are called the North, the East, and the West, Riding. Blackstone.
1. Employed to travel; traveling; as, a riding clerk. "One riding apparitor." Ayliffe.
2. Used for riding on; as, a riding horse.
3. Used for riding, or when riding; devoted to riding; as, a riding whip; a riding habit; a riding day.
Riding clerk. (a) A clerk who traveled for a commercial house. [Obs. Eng.] (b) One of the "six clerks" formerly
attached to the English Court of Chancery. Riding hood. (a) A hood formerly worn by women
when riding. (b) A kind of cloak with a hood. Riding master, an instructor in horsemanship.
Riding rhyme (Pros.), the meter of five accents, with couplet rhyme; probably so called from the
mounted pilgrims described in the Canterbury Tales. Dr. Guest. Riding school, a school or place
where the art of riding is taught.
1. The act or state of one who rides.