Ridicule

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Negative ConnotationPlay
Using 'ridicule' suggests disapproval of the mocking behavior. SlideThe teacher warned students that ridicule of others would not be tolerated.
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Power DynamicsPlay
Ridicule can imply a power imbalance where the ridiculer feels superior. SlideThe boss's ridicule of junior staff hurt morale.
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Social SituationsPlay
Used in social contexts, 'ridicule' can damage relationships. SlideHis ridicule of her artwork ended their friendship.