verb de·ride \di-ˈrīd, dē-\

: to talk or write about (someone or something) in a very critical or insulting way : to say that (someone or something) is ridiculous or has no value


Full Definition of DERIDE

transitive verb
:  to laugh at contemptuously
:  to subject to usually bitter or contemptuous ridicule
de·rid·er noun
de·rid·ing·ly \-ˈrī-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of DERIDE

  1. <my brothers derided our efforts, but were forced to eat their words when we won first place>

Origin of DERIDE

Latin deridēre, from de- + ridēre to laugh
First Known Use: circa 1526

Synonym Discussion of DERIDE

ridicule, deride, mock, taunt mean to make an object of laughter of. ridicule implies a deliberate often malicious belittling <consistently ridiculed everything she said>. deride suggests contemptuous and often bitter ridicule <derided their efforts to start their own business>. mock implies scorn often ironically expressed as by mimicry or sham deference <youngsters began to mock the helpless wino>. taunt suggests jeeringly provoking insult or challenge <hometown fans taunted the visiting team>.
DERIDE Defined for Kids


verb de·ride \di-ˈrīd\

Definition of DERIDE for Kids

:  to laugh at in scorn :  make fun of :  ridicule <People once derided the idea that man could fly.>


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