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derisory

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

Simple Definition of derisory

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

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of derisory

  1. 1 :  expressing derision :  derisive

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

Examples of derisory in a sentence

  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>



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