Definition of deride
1 : to laugh at or insult contemptuously <got derided by a carnival clown>
2 : to subject to usually bitter or contemptuous ridicule or criticism <politicians deriding their opponents> : to express a lack of respect or approval of <were derided as the weaker sex>
deridinglyplay \-ˈrī-diŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of deride in a sentence
<my brothers derided our efforts, but were forced to eat their words when we won first place>
Did You Know?
When deride was borrowed into English in the 16th century, it came to us by combining the prefix de- with ridēre, a Latin verb meaning "to laugh." Ridēre is also the ancestor of the English words risible ("laughable") and ridiculous. Of course, English has a number of words meaning "to laugh at unkindly"; in addition to deride, we have ridicule, mock, and taunt. Deride suggests laughter loaded with contemptuousness or bitterness, whereas ridicule implies a deliberate often malicious belittling ("consistently ridiculed everything she said"). Mock implies scorn often ironically expressed by mimicry or sham deference ("mocking the speaker's impassioned tones"). Taunt suggests jeeringly provoking insult or challenge ("hometown fans taunted the visiting team").
Origin and Etymology of deride
Latin deridēre, from de- + ridēre to laugh
First Known Use: circa 1526
Synonym Discussion of deride
DERIDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deride for English Language Learners
: to talk or write about (someone or something) in a very critical or insulting way : to say that (someone or something) is ridiculous or has no value
DERIDE Defined for Kids
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