from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Contemptuous or jeering laughter; ridicule.
- n. A state of being derided: The proposal was held in derision by members of the board.
- n. An object of ridicule; a laughingstock.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Act of treating with disdain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of deriding, or the state of being derided; mockery; scornful or contemptuous treatment which holds one up to ridicule.
- n. An object of derision or scorn; a laughing-stock.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of deriding; subjection to ridicule or mockery; contempt manifested by laughter; scorn.
- n. An object of derision or contempt; a laughing-stock.
- n. Synonyms Ridicule, mockery, gibes, scoffing, taunts, insults.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of deriding or treating with contempt
- n. contemptuous laughter
Middle English derisioun, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin dērīsiō, dērīsiōn-, from Latin dērīsus, past participle of dērīdēre, to deride; see deride.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French derision, from Latin derisionem (action of deridere). (Wiktionary)