noun de·ri·sion \di-ˈri-zhən\

: the feeling that people express when they criticize and laugh at someone or something in an insulting way

Full Definition of DERISION

a :  the use of ridicule or scorn to show contempt
b :  a state of being laughed at or ridiculed :  a state of being derided
:  an object of ridicule or scorn

Examples of DERISION

  1. One of the students laughed in derision at my error.
  2. The team's awful record has made it an object of derision in the league.
  3. Nerd is a term of derision.
  4. My remarks were anodyne, but some other snippets of marginalia were shrieks of derision… —Paul Theroux, Granta 44, Summer 1993

Origin of DERISION

Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin derision-, derisio, from Latin deridēre (see deride)
First Known Use: 14th century

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DERISION Defined for Kids


noun de·ri·sion \di-ˈri-zhən\

Definition of DERISION for Kids

:  a feeling of dislike or disrespect often shown by the use of insults <… The villagers spoke of Min—usually in jest, but sometimes with derision … — Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard>


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