deride

verb
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 \ -​ˈrī-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce deridingly (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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

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Trump has publicly derided Sessions for his decision to recuse himself from the federal probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in the 2016 elections. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Trump adviser dodges question about the president's 'drunk/drugged up loser' tweet," 22 Apr. 2018 The vice president also derided Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election and vowed the Trump administration would do more to prevent future cyber-attacks. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Trump inherited 'cyber-crisis' from Obama, VP Pence says at cybersecurity summit," 1 Aug. 2018 An experimental therapy for type 1 diabetes, widely derided by mainstream diabetes researchers, lowered blood sugar levels to near normal, a small, ongoing trial found. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Controversial researcher’s diabetes vaccine causes improvement in small study," 21 June 2018 The cafe menu includes milk-tea drinks from the Boba Guys (the company’s founders, Andrew Chau and Bin Chen, are Mr. Hong’s partners at the restaurant), kid bento boxes and avocado toast, that trendy, sometimes derided indulgence. Cynthia Durcanin, New York Times, "A San Francisco Museum Restaurant That Is on Theme," 23 June 2018 Over the past 24 months, Trump has scorned judges, derided the American court system, and trampled on all manner of constitutional principles. Joan Biskupic, CNN, "Trump's sustained attacks on American rights," 26 May 2018 The company also erected a tent roughly the length of two football fields behind its factory to assemble Model 3 sedans, an idea that some auto industry veterans derided as crazy. David R. Baker, SFChronicle.com, "Tesla factory production jumps, and Model 3 hits elusive goal," 2 July 2018 Kirsten Gillibrand More than the others, Gillibrand focused on Trump in her opening remarks, deriding his attacks on immigrants, press freedom, and workers trying to organize into unions. Herb Jackson, USA TODAY, "Ahead of 2020 election, liberals quiz Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Sanders and Warren," 13 June 2018 Defensive Midfielder: Dunga (Brazil 1994) Despite being one of the heroes of Brazil's World Cup triumph in 1994, Dunga wasn't so much unsung as positively derided at home. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 3 Weeks to Go - 11 of the Greatest Unsung Heroes in FIFA World Cup History," 30 May 2018

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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

verb

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

deride

verb
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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