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Definition of Ridicule

  RIDICULE   noun
Words designed to show that the person of whom they are uttered is devoid of the dignity of character distinguishing him who utters them.  It may be graphic, mimetic or merely rident. Shaftesbury is quoted as having pronounced it the test of truth -- a ridiculous assertion, for many a solemn fallacy has undergone centuries of ridicule with no abatement of its popular acceptance. What, for example, has been more valorously derided than the doctrine of Infant Respectability?

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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