adjective de·ri·sive \di-ˈrī-siv, -ziv; -ˈri-ziv, -ˈri-siv\

Definition of DERISIVE

:  expressing or causing derision
de·ri·sive·ly adverb
de·ri·sive·ness noun

Examples of DERISIVE

  1. <the derisive performances of some of the singers on the talent show>

First Known Use of DERISIVE

circa 1662

Rhymes with DERISIVE


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