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 Repeating the word, the three members delivered another knockout aimed at the critics who, in deriding BTS, generated more buzz around the group and ended up helping propel them to the top. Kat Moon, Time, "The 12 Most Underrated BTS Songs," 19 Feb. 2020 Lara Jean and Peter have just gotten together, and Peter publicly derides the mysterious poster. Sarah Midkiff,, "Netflix’s P.S. I Love You Changes The End Of The Book Just A Bit," 12 Feb. 2020 When Vice President Mike Pence called for NASA to speed up its plan to get astronauts to the moon by 2024, instead of 2028 as originally planned, many derided the directive as fantasy. Washington Post, "Trump’s budget would bolster NASA’s plan to return humans to the moon," 10 Feb. 2020 Long derided for his inefficiency and shot selection, Wiggins scored 24 points on 8-for-12 shooting (3-for-4 from 3-point range). Connor Letourneau,, "Andrew Wiggins impresses in Warriors debut as Golden State falls to Lakers," 8 Feb. 2020 At various points throughout the Trump impeachment saga, McSally has alternated between deriding the House's impeachment efforts and trying to strike an apolitical tone. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Sen. Martha McSally votes with Republicans to acquit President Trump on impeachment charges," 5 Feb. 2020 Most of Trump's posts consisted of retweets of Republican lawmakers deriding the impeachment process. John D'anna, USA TODAY, "We know the Trump impeachment trial was historic. Here are some moments that made it memorable.," 5 Feb. 2020 But Trump has gone further than failing to fund the revolts by deriding the spirit that animated them. Steven Simon, The New York Review of Books, "The Middle East: Trump Blunders In," 16 Jan. 2020 The president most recently derided the conservative outlet for hosting Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland to discuss the Senate's impeachment trial. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Chris Wallace: Trump's attacks on Fox show a 'fundamental misunderstanding' of network's objective," 3 Feb. 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 26 Feb. 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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