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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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  • Wicked little boys over at K——— have now and then derisively advised me to follow my nose.

    Miss Mehetabel's Son Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • "Your hero seems none so heroic after all," he said derisively to the Governor.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • He set his arms akimbo and eyed me derisively, his thick-set frame planted squarely before me.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • Surely she could not be the lady of whom Sally Pendleton spoke so derisively?

    Jolly Sally Pendleton Laura Jean Libbey
  • “You are just making up the whole thing,” she said derisively.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for derisively

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 derisively

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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