from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of laughing at another; derision.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of laughing at another; derision.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of sneering or laughing derisively; mockery; derision.


Latin irrisio, from irridere, irrisum, to laugh at; prefix ir- in + ridere to laugh: compare French irrision. (Wiktionary)


  • Grindal describes him as "sophistical, disdainful, and illuding arguments with irrision, when he was not able to solute the same by learning", and adds that "his great anchor-hold was in urging the literal sense of hoc est corpus meum, thereby to prove transubstantiation".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 15: Tournely-Zwirner


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