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derisive

[dih-rahy-siv, -ris-iv] /dɪˈraɪ sɪv, -ˈrɪs ɪv/
adjective
1.
characterized by or expressing derision; contemptuous; mocking:
derisive heckling.
Also, derisory
[dih-rahy-suh-ree, -zuh-] /dɪˈraɪ sə ri, -zə-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of derisive
1655-1665
1655-65; deris(ion) + -ive
Related forms
derisively, adverb
derisiveness, noun
nonderisive, adjective
overderisive, adjective
overderisively, adverb
overderisiveness, noun
underisive, adjective
underisively, adverb
underisiveness, noun
underisory, adjective
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  • Margaret affected a derisive laugh, as at her brother's pretensions to wisdom.

    Philip Winwood Robert Neilson Stephens
  • A laugh, derisive but not discourteous to himself, greeted the question.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • The frankness of such a secretly outspoken thought could not go without some derisive self-criticism.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • They flushed, however, when she burst into a shout of derisive laughter.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
  • Mr. Hardman, not enjoying the derisive raillery, took a hand in the game.

    Bucky O'Connor William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for derisive

derisive

/dɪˈraɪsɪv; -zɪv/
adjective
1.
showing or characterized by derision; mocking; scornful
Derived Forms
derisively, adverb
derisiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for derisive
adj.

1620s, "characterized by derision," from Latin deris-, past participle stem of deridere (see derision) + -ive. Meaning "ridiculous" is from 1896. Related: Derisively.

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