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
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Examples of deride in a Sentence
my brothers derided our efforts, but were forced to eat their words when we won first place
Recent Examples of deride from the Web
Christie has defended himself and derided the photos, even as the images drew widespread derision and a rebuke from Christie’s running mate.
Ice Cube derided last weekend’s officiating, and this week’s free throw numbers spiked.
Friends, neighbors and even family members may deride them as annoba—
Dangerously, we have been taught by politicians to deride those whose experts, whose opinions differ from our own, without full knowledge of their credentials, research or indeed the subject matter.
She was praised for her commitment and derided for her naïveté, and faced charges of obscenity and sedition (later dropped).
While not a full reversal of Obama’s historic Cuba rapprochement, Trump’s recast U.S. policy hews closer to the hard line espoused by Cuban-American Republicans who derided Obama’s 2014 policy as a capitulation.
Meanwhile, the left-winger Corbyn, once seen as having zero chance of becoming prime minister and having derided in much of the U.K.'s right-wing press, experienced a surge of support over the past few weeks, especially among young voters.
His volatile tweets have derided his own staff, the public, and even overseas political leaders.
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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 1526See Words from the same year
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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