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derisory

adjective de·ri·so·ry \di-ˈrī-sə-rē, -zə-\

: of too little value to be considered seriously : ridiculously small

: expressing a belief that something or someone is ridiculous or without value : expressing derision

Full Definition of DERISORY

1
:  expressing derision :  derisive
2
:  worthy of derision; especially :  laughably small <land could be bought for a derisory sum>

Examples of DERISORY

  1. <a literary snob, she invariably used the derisory term the boob tube when referring to television>
  2. <the pawnbroker offered what I regarded as a derisory amount for the diamond ring>

First Known Use of DERISORY

1618

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