Accordingly, when the pirates finally make contact and demand $50 million, Peter offers them a derisory $250,000.
But at least the Goncourt, with its derisory 50NF cash reward, had clean hands.
1610s, from Latin derisorius, from derisor "derider," agent noun from deridere (see deride).
1620s, "characterized by derision," from Latin deris-, past participle stem of deridere (see derision) + -ive. Meaning "ridiculous" is from 1896. Related: Derisively.