Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Thesaurus

derision

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of derision

  1. 1 a person or thing that is made fun of <in the 19th century any supporter of women's rights could expect to become a derision to her neighbors> Synonyms butt, laughingstock, jest, joke, mark, mock, mockery, sport, targetRelated Words chump, dupe, fall guy, fool, gull, monkey, pigeon, sap, sucker, victimNear Antonyms darling, favorite, pet

  2. 2 the making of unkind jokes as a way of showing one's scorn for someone or something <her absurd behavior on the awards show became a source of derision for comedians> Synonyms ridicule, mockery, sportRelated Words contempt, disdain, scorn; belittlement, deprecation, disparagement; catcall, insult, put-down; laughter, snickering; burlesque, caricature, mimicry, pasquinade, satireNear Antonyms applause, approval, commendation, praise




Learn More about derision


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up derision? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a jerking and twitching of the body

Get Word of the Day daily email!