from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Mocking; jeering.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Expressing or characterized by derision; mocking; ridiculing.
- adj. Deserving or provoking derision or ridicule.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Expressing, serving for, or characterized by, derision.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Expressing or characterized by derision; mocking; ridiculing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule
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.
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.
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.
Only natives were on her deck, and the man steering waved his hand in derisive greeting and farewell.
It was strongly fortified and deemed so impregnable that the blind and lame were sent to man the battlements, in derisive mockery of the
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".
The fish man had explained in terms derisive, but plain, the difference between a fish man and a fisherman.
I suspect that we see a trace of this same expression in what is called a derisive or sardonic smile.
Testimony reported by the Chattanooga Time Free Press revealed Shelton was terminated after complaining about a hostile work environment in which he claims he was called derisive names and retaliated against because he claimed there was reverse discrimination against him.
Wolfman offers his thoughts in the comments field, saying he meant for the term to be "derisive," then shares several interesting thoughts about telling stories in longer formats and on the web, where stories "can be the size they need to be."