derisive

[dih-rahy-siv, -ris-iv]
adjective
characterized by or expressing derision; contemptuous; mocking: derisive heckling.
Also, derisory [dih-rahy-suh-ree, -zuh-] .


Origin:
1655–65; deris(ion) + -ive

derisively, adverb
derisiveness, noun
nonderisive, adjective
overderisive, adjective
overderisively, adverb
overderisiveness, noun
underisive, adjective
underisively, adverb
underisiveness, noun
underisory, adjective
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derisive (dɪˈraɪsɪv, -zɪv)
 
adj
showing or characterized by derision; mocking; scornful
 
de'risively
 
adv
 
de'risiveness
 
n

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derisive
1620s, "characterized by derision," from L. deris-, pp. stem of deridere (see derision) + -ive. Meaning "ridiculous" is from 1896. Related: Derisively.
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Example sentences
Sometimes, she acknowledged, people derisively call her an alien.
The youngsters in the room may even snicker derisively and wonder if anyone was ever daft enough to believe that.
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