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 \ di-​ˈrī-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce deridingly (audio) , dē-​ \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Steele’s dossier has been debated, denounced, derided, and occasionally defended almost since the moment it was first published, in January, 2017, by BuzzFeed News, against Steele’s wishes. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "The Inside Story of Christopher Steele’s Trump Dossier," 26 Nov. 2019 Long derided as the obsolete propaganda of a collapsed state, GDR-era art is now experiencing a revival. The Economist, "Thirty years after the Wall fell, East German art is causing a stir," 31 Oct. 2019 Conway resigned Wednesday after details of his June 22 crash emerged describing the insurance executive deriding the investigating police officer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Deal linking Blue Cross NC, Cambia halts after CEO resigns," 28 Sep. 2019 All of these moves were considered impractical by the foreign-policy establishment ruling both parties, just as Reagan’s determination to take down the Evil Empire was also once derided as cowboy foolishness. Bobby Jindal, National Review, "Why Trump Needed Someone Like John Bolton," 18 Sep. 2019 Bloomberg, who in January derided Warren’s wealth tax plan as Venezuelan, would probably fare somewhat better than this crew. BostonGlobe.com, "Billionaires beware: Elizabeth Warren is coming for your candy.," 19 Oct. 2019 In January 2018, The Washington Post reported that Trump derided immigrants coming from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries. Monti Datta, Quartz, "Three countries where Donald Trump is popular," 1 Oct. 2019 The two firms have looked to disrupt the unruly and colorful matatu bus system used by tens of thousands daily, but is still derided as chaotic and inconvenient. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Bus-hailing apps in Kenya are facing their first major regulatory challenge," 1 Oct. 2019 Like her Democratic rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Warren is demanding transformational change that Mr. Trump and his allies deride as socialism. CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren slams Trump as "corruption in the flesh"," 17 Sep. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deridingly?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=deride02. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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deride

verb
How to pronounce deride (audio)

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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