Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Mocking; jeering.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Expressing or characterized by derision; mocking; ridiculing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Expressing, serving for, or characterized by, derision.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Expressing or characterized by derision; mocking; ridiculing.
  • adjective Deserving or provoking derision or ridicule.

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

  • adjective abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule

Etymologies

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From the participle stem of Latin dērīdeō ("I deride").

Examples

  • And I've seen movies meant to be funny that have just made me cringe, as well as movies meant to scare me that have caused me to erupt in derisive laughter.

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  • Only natives were on her deck, and the man steering waved his hand in derisive greeting and farewell.

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  • Acutely sensitive to what people thought of him and his game, his reputation as a great player was in such disrepair it seemed like everywhere he turned, he was being called derisive nicknames.

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  • Acutely sensitive to what people thought of him and his game, his reputation as a great player was in such disrepair it seemed like everywhere he turned, he was being called derisive nicknames.

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  • Reviews for W. are all over the board (58% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), but I suspect that marketing the movie as light and satirical as opposed to dark and derisive is very smart.

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  • Only natives were on her deck, and the man steering waved his hand in derisive greeting and farewell.

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  • It was strongly fortified and deemed so impregnable that the blind and lame were sent to man the battlements, in derisive mockery of the

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  • What we are learning is that he is illiterate, as in his inability to properly read the word derisive from his teleprompter this weekend and in saying he didn't know how to say something in "Austrian".

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  • The fish man had explained in terms derisive, but plain, the difference between a fish man and a fisherman.

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  • I suspect that we see a trace of this same expression in what is called a derisive or sardonic smile.

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