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Laughingstock  n.  An object of ridicule; a butt of sport. "When he talked, he talked nonsense, and made himself the laughingstock of his hearers."

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Laughingstock" Quotes from Famous Books

... carry out his aspirations. Churchmen, like the ungrateful Pole, for whose education he had generously subscribed, were often unpliable to his views of the Pope; a good old English gentleman, though devoted, might be like Sir Robert Wingfield, simple, unsophisticated, and the laughingstock of foreigners.[24] A courtier, such as Lord Rochford, who could play tennis, make verses, and become "intime" at the court of Francis I., could not hold his own in disputes of papal authority with highly educated ecclesiastics.[25] ...
— English Travellers of the Renaissance • Clare Howard

... steps yonder, denounce me, and turn me over to the guard? That was the easiest way for him, the greater disgrace to me. Yet if, by any chance, I proved later innocent of the charge, then he would become the laughingstock of the army. I heard his teeth grate savagely as he realized ...
— My Lady of Doubt • Randall Parrish

... he really meant what he said, and, angry though he was, the consequences of a row rose before him too vividly. He saw his house unfinished, his wife rebellious, himself a laughingstock. ...
— Forsyte Saga • John Galsworthy

... of a cycle had made: from Augustus bequeathing the Empire to Tiberius, ablest man to ablest man, and all with senatoral ratification; to the jocular appointment by undisciplined soldiery of a sad old laughingstock to ...
— The Crest-Wave of Evolution • Kenneth Morris

Words linked to "Laughingstock" :   dupe, victim, stooge, butt

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