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ridicule

noun [U] uk   /ˈrɪd.ɪ.kjuːl/ us  
unkind words or actions that make someone or something look stupid: She was treated with scorn and ridicule by her colleagues when she applied for the job. He's become an object of ridicule (= a person that everyone thinks is stupid and criticizes or laughs at).

ridicule

verb [T] uk   /ˈrɪd.ɪ.kjuːl/ us  
to laugh at someone in an unkind way: She rarely spoke her mind out of fear of being ridiculed. He was ridiculed for his ideas.
(Definition of ridicule from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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