What does the word ridicule mean?

Usage examples for ridicule

  1. Few swim or go in the water, but the majority lie about the beach, often sleeping in affectionate embrace, all without exciting any comment or ridicule. – Face to Face with Kaiserism by James W. Gerard
  2. Of course I expected our audience to laugh at and ridicule the idea of its taking cold, and was surprised that not a single person cracked a smile, but, on the contrary, every one seemed to gaze at the instrument with a look of sympathy. – Twenty Years of Hus'ling by J. P. Johnston