ridicule


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hold (someone or something) up to ridicule

To mock or deride someone or something. I know Gloria—she'll definitely hold you up to ridicule if you go to her black-tie event in anything but a tux.
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hold someone or something up to ridicule

Fig. to ridicule someone or something. They must stop holding Matt up to ridicule! Who do they think they are? She held up Donald to ridicule.
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And he himself felt not only in the highest degree ridicule, but also utterly guilty and disgraced.
Indeed, I doubt not but this ridicule will in general be allowed: my chief apprehension is, as many true and just sentiments often came from the mouths of these persons, lest the whole should be taken together, and I should be conceived to ridicule all alike.
While, with smooth and smiling cheek, the courtiers, each in turn, followed their Prince's example, and aimed a shaft of ridicule at Cedric, the face of the Saxon became inflamed with passion, and he glanced his eyes fiercely from one to another, as if the quick succession of so many injuries had prevented his replying to them in turn; or, like a baited bull, who, surrounded by his tormentors, is at a loss to choose from among them the immediate object of his revenge.
He was not much disturbed by 'The Rehearsal,' a burlesque play brought out by the Duke of Buckingham and other wits to ridicule current dramas and dramatists, in which he figured as chief butt under the name 'Bayes' (poet laureate); and he took more than full revenge ten years later when in
It ridicules the intolerance and sanctimonious hypocrisy of the Puritans as the Cavaliers insisted on seeing them in the person of the absurd Sir Hudibras and his squire Ralph (partly suggested by Cervantes' Don Quixote and Sancho).
I think in those days we were a little shy of our emotions, and the fear of ridicule tempered the more obvious forms of pretentiousness.
But he also endowed her comely gaze with ridicule for Reagan's Evil Empire rhetoric.
Trash TV is a blight, but the effects of justified ridicule are beginning to show even there, while the film reaction against Tarantino is satisfyingly underway.
German physicist and satirical writer, best known for his ridicule of metaphysical and romantic excesses.
'Such instances not only bring the honourable courts into hatred, ridicule and contempt but break the trust of the nation on one of the pillars of the state, which is likely to cause riots and turmoil,' the petitioner added.
Once the case was decided, the losing party could not ridicule the judges or the judgment.
Christians are not so offended STEVE Hall seems to believe we can compare the peaceful picketing of Christians against artists who ridicule Christianity with the actions of Muslims when there faith is ridiculed (Letters, February 24).
First, "Damaso" is "directed against religious practice, dogma, or ritual for the purpose of ridicule." Second, "Damaso" is a fighting word that "inflicts injury or tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace" and plays "no essential part of any exposition of ideas" (Chaplinsky Doctrine).
Now they attack and ridicule Alex Salmond and the SNP.
THE somewhat surprising reappointment of Joe Kinnear as Newcastle United's director of football has evoked the predictable hostile ridicule from the southern media hacks and Sky Sports TV who have never been the friends of our club in the past.