verb \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


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