Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To speak of or treat with contemptuous mirth. See Synonyms at ridicule.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To harshly mock; ridicule.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To laugh at with contempt; to laugh to scorn; to turn to ridicule or make sport of; to mock; to scoff at.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To laugh at in contempt; turn to ridicule or make sport of; mock; treat with scorn by laughter.
  • Synonyms Ridicule, etc. (see taunt), banter, rally, jeer, gibe, scout, scoff at, insult.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. treat or speak of with contempt

Etymologies

Latin dērīdēre : dē-, de- + rīdēre, to laugh at.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin deridere ("to mock, laugh at"), from de- ("from, down from") + ridere ("to laugh"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If you strove for it sincerely at any time, no matter how remote, you could never again deride it.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • The fact that someone would see that as something to deride is beyond words

    Think Progress » 66.

  • Defy the tempest & the storm deride is not in the original nor is it good. ποθος [19] is hardly fierce desire — & all such expressions of ram-cat raptures are bad. by the by she a dark lanthern might have deprived us of this poem. your storm is very good — zounds I sweat at the bare idea of the

    Letter 138

  • All the other cable news netword deride John Stewart, but what they don't realize is that he is an incredibly intelligent person that has his finger on the pulse.

    BusinessWeek.com --

  • Is it that those faculty members "deride" the story while Huckabee finds it "compelling"?

    "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?"

  • Ruin the economy through unregulated greed, then deride the poor guy who has to clean up the mess.

    Steele: Sanford, Ensign affairs 'old news, old school'

  • While you cheer for one and deride the other watching the show, their minions are walking out of your back door with a wheel barrow full of cash.

    Poll: Will Obama visit help Corzine ?

  • Conservatives often deride Obama over remarks he made at a presser in April of 2009, in which he said that he believes in American exceptionalism "just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism."

    Nonstop idiocy about Obama and `American exceptionalism'

  • To show how disjointed this document is they first deride Orion for being too limited like the Apollo capsule with its water landings, then they recommend amending this by making Orion even more like Apollo, using the same designs in fact.

    Abbey Lane: They're Back - NASA Watch

  • Relying for support on the central banks they so often deride must make gold bugs uncomfortable.

    Central Banks Raise the Standard for Gold

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