Examples of derision in a Sentence
My remarks were anodyne, but some other snippets of marginalia were shrieks of derision … —Paul Theroux, Granta 44, Summer 1993
Britain had its boffins, working researchers subject to the derision of intellectual gentlemen. —James Gleick, Genius: The Life & Science of Richard Feynman, 1992
… discussion, laughter, lecturing, but no shouts or threats, no yardsticks banging for silence, no words of shame or derision. —Lorene Cary, Black Ice, 1991
The whole idea of Camelot excites derision. In fact, I am sure Kennedy would have derided it himself. No one at the time ever thought of his Washington as Camelot. —Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Cycles of American History, 1986
One of the students laughed in derision at my error.
The team's awful record has made it an object of derision in the league.
“Nerd” is a term of derision.
Recent Examples of derision from the Web
His plan, outlined at a community meeting, was met with a mix of support and derision.
The Moutza is an ancient custom of derision among my people.
Bevin’s remarks were met with a mix of support and derision.
But Mr. Trump’s call for new global negotiations about the planet’s climate drew derision from Democrats in the United States and other heads of state.
From the Sanders wing, the familiar tides of scorn and derision are flowing apace.
Neither heard any words of derision directed toward the 15-year-old Cromwell freshman.
Still, at the end Mr. Trump exulted, once again stoking support and derision.
Such derision has become the norm of late, with the Knicks providing new material each night for their fans to boo.
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Where does derision come from?
Derision shares part of its origin with the words ridiculous and risible; all may be traced to the Latin verb ridēre (“to laugh”). From the time derision entered the English language in the 14th century, it has suggested laughter, albeit of a mocking or scornful variety. It may also be used to indicate an object of scornful laughter – that is, a laughingstock -- as in the line from Lamentations 3:14 of the King James Version of the bible: “I was a derision to all my people.”
DERISION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of derision for English Language Learners
: the feeling that people express when they criticize and laugh at someone or something in an insulting way
DERISION Defined for Kids
Definition of derision for Students
: a feeling of dislike or disrespect often shown by the use of insults … The villagers spoke of Min—usually in jest, but sometimes with derision … — Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard
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