de·​ride | \ di-ˈrīd How to pronounce deride (audio) , dē- \
derided; deriding

Definition of deride

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from deride

derider noun
deridingly \ di-​ˈrī-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce deridingly (audio) , dē-​ \ adverb

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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

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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").

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 on the Web The Utility Workers Union of America has joined SoCalGas in funding Californians for Balanced Energy Solutions, or C4BES, which critics deride as a front for the gas company. Los Angeles Times, "How to stop a climate vote? Threaten a ‘no social distancing’ protest," 6 May 2020 Perhaps the success of countries like Germany and Taiwan that have dealt with the disease thanks to strong institutions will contrast with places where populist showmen have spent their time theatrically deriding expertise. The Economist, "The 90% economy Life after lockdowns," 30 Apr. 2020 The anchors riffed on Thursday’s coronavirus briefing at the White House, where President Trump floated dangerous and widely derided solutions for halting the virus’s spread. Dave Itzkoff, New York Times, "Brad Pitt Plays Dr. Anthony Fauci in an At-Home Edition of ‘S.N.L.’," 26 Apr. 2020 Trump wants Barr to serve as his sword and shield against political foes—a role that the attorney general has publicly derided but has privately fulfilled. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Most Important Role in a Biden (or Sanders) Administration," 10 Mar. 2020 But this isn’t the time to be smug toward those who derided them, Sutton and others said. Jonathan Bullington, The Courier-Journal, "Who was prepared when the coronavirus struck? These folks. What you can learn from them," 27 Mar. 2020 The most fervent mobilized quickly against his opponents, deriding Hillary Clinton, criticizing Pete Buttigieg as inauthentic and casting Senator Elizabeth Warren as insufficiently progressive. New York Times, "Bernie Sanders Pitches His Supporters a New Idea: Biden 2020," 14 Apr. 2020 There are many fans, writers and those who are baseball professionals who deride today’s use of analytics. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: Jerry Reuss answers your questions," 7 Apr. 2020 Trump accused some Democratic governors of exaggerating the need and derided those that criticized the federal response as complainers and snakes. Michael Biesecker, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for virus pandemic," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of deride

circa 1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deride

Latin deridēre, from de- + ridēre to laugh

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“Deride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deride

formal : 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


de·​ride | \ di-ˈrīd How to pronounce deride (audio) \
derided; deriding

Kids Definition of deride

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

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