Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Then your soul writhed in derision, you scoffed at that which you had held to be the nobility of the soul, and you minced words satirically over the exquisiteness of the type which we have evolved.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • The Republican plan is already getting derision from the Right, making it even easier for Democrats to dismiss (if not outright ridicule).

    Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [140] -- Pledging Nonsense

  • The locals enjoy repeating a contrary slogan in derision, "Ni Hechos, Ni Palabras" which I needn´t translate but which. suffice it to say, is repeated often with much relish and irony.

    Son Hechos, No Palabras

  • Though I suppose singling out someone like Stephenie Meyer for literary derision is kinda like picking a fist fight with Stephen Hawking.

    MIND MELD: Books We Love That Everyone Else Hates (and Vice Versa)

  • Before overtime, fans chanted O'Byrne's name in derision as the Canadiens filed off the bench toward the dressing room.

    USATODAY.com

  • "The disdain here isn't for the unfortunate unwashed who have to suffer through Windows because they're so clueless ... the derision is likely aimed at people who care a hell of a lot more about you and your boundless Mac-enhanced creativity than, say, the OS X team does."

    Smug Ugly - Anil Dash

  • In short, the derision is likely aimed at people who care a hell of a lot more about you and your boundless Mac-enhanced creativity than, say, the OS X team does.

    Smug Ugly - Anil Dash

  • "In short, the derision is likely aimed at people"

    Smug Ugly - Anil Dash

  • And the notion that derision is a tool of logic or 'expository' illumination.

    Does Science Fiction, in Fact, Suck?

  • The audience laughed as if he was making a joke (not in derision as the TV anchors reported).

    Scripting News for 9/26/07 « Scripting News Annex

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