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

derisory (dɪˈraɪsərɪ, -zərɪ)
 
adj
1.  subject to or worthy of derision, esp because of being ridiculously small or inadequate
2.  another word for derisive

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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.

derisory
1610s, from L. derisorius, from derisor "derider," agent noun from deridere (see deride).
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So the dean made a derisory counter offer calculating, correctly, that he would not move.
Most private sector pension schemes are producing derisory benefits by past standards.
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