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deride

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verb de·ride \di-ˈrīd, dē-\

Simple Definition of deride

  • : 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

de·rid·edde·rid·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to laugh at contemptuously

  3. 2 :  to subject to usually bitter or contemptuous ridicule

de·rid·er noun
de·rid·ing·ly play \-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>.


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