deride

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verb de·ride \di-ˈrīd, dē-\

Definition of deride

derided

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deriding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to laugh at or insult contemptuously got derided by a carnival clown

  3. 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

derider

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deridingly

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Examples of deride in a Sentence

  1. my brothers derided our efforts, but were forced to eat their words when we won first place

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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 1526

Synonym Discussion of deride

ridicule, deride, mock, taunt mean to make an object of laughter of. ridicule implies a deliberate often malicious belittling. consistently ridiculed everything she said deride suggests contemptuous and often bitter ridicule. derided their efforts to start their own business mock implies scorn often ironically expressed as by mimicry or sham deference. youngsters began to mock the helpless wino taunt suggests jeeringly provoking insult or challenge. hometown fans taunted the visiting team

DERIDE Defined for English Language Learners

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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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verb de·ride \di-ˈrīd\

Definition of deride for Students

derided

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deriding

  1. :  to laugh at in scorn :  make fun of :  ridicule People once derided the idea that man could fly.



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