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[dih-rahyd] /dɪˈraɪd/
verb (used with object), derided, deriding.
to laugh at in scorn or contempt; scoff or jeer at; mock.
Origin of deride
1520-30; < Latin dērīdēre to mock, equivalent to dē- de- + rīdēre to laugh
Related forms
derider, noun
deridingly, adverb
overderide, verb (used with object), overderided, overderiding.
underided, adjective
taunt, flout, gibe, banter, rally. See ridicule. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deride
  • In one breath you deride moral decay, but in the next you highlight the worst in our society.
  • Politicians like to deride expensive programmes.
  • Any flagrant acts or remarks that deride, mock, bait or embarrass an opponent are considered taunting.
  • Fooling yourself into feeling better about life is easy to deride.
  • Critics deride such content as corny or predictable.
  • Some may deride baseball for being too slow in such modern times.
  • It is tempting to deride the bull market of the '20s as a case study in mass delusion.
  • Populist critics deride this train of logic as “trickle-down economics.” But it is more accurate to call it textbook economics.
  • At the rally, plenty of T-shirts will deride motorcycle helmet laws.
  • Traditional forms of communication, which some may deride as old-fashioned, will always play a central role in politics.
British Dictionary definitions for deride


(transitive) to speak of or treat with contempt, mockery, or ridicule; scoff or jeer at
Derived Forms
derider, noun
deridingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dērīdēre to laugh to scorn, from de- + rīdēre to laugh, smile
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Word Origin and History for deride

1520s, from Middle French derider, from Latin deridere "to ridicule, laugh to scorn" (see derision). Related: Derided; deriding.

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