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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for derisory

derisory

/dɪˈraɪsərɪ; -zərɪ/
adjective
1.
subject to or worthy of derision, esp because of being ridiculously small or inadequate
2.
another word 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 derisory
adj.

1610s, from Latin derisorius, from derisor "derider," agent noun from deridere (see deride).

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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