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[dih-rizh-uh n] /dɪˈrɪʒ ən/
ridicule; mockery:
The inept performance elicited derision from the audience.
an object of ridicule.
Origin of derision
1350-1400; Middle English derisioun < Old French derision < Late Latin dērīsiōn- (stem of dērīsiō), equivalent to Latin dērīs(us) mocked (past participle of dērīdēre; see deride) + -iōn- -ion
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[dih-riz-uh-buh l] /dɪˈrɪz ə bəl/ (Show IPA),
nonderisible, adjective
underisible, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for derision
  • Regardless of where one falls on the topic, derision certainly doesn't advance one's argument .
  • The comment met with immediate derision across the internet.
  • In the eyes of the world this prisoner was without power and the object of malice and derision.
  • He deserves understanding and kindness, not judgment and derision.
  • There was a note of derision in his tone.
  • Just three decades ago, the word "compromise" was not a term of derision.
  • The absurdity of this half-abolished public holiday has become the source of much confusion, resentment and derision.
  • He asked the public to end the shouts of derision.
  • They inspired ridicule, derision and jokes.
  • I'm fairly certain my snort of derision was clearly audible.
British Dictionary definitions for derision


the act of deriding; mockery; scorn
an object of mockery or scorn
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin dērīsiō, from Latin dērīsus; see deride
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Word Origin and History for derision

c.1400, from Old French derision "derision, mockery" (13c.), from Latin derisionem (nominative derisio), noun of action from past participle stem of deridere "ridicule," from de- "down" (see de-) + ridere "to laugh."

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