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
When Volkswagen AG’s $250,000 Bentley Bentayga went on sale last year in the U.S. it was greeted with derision by some loyalists of the brand.
The dangerous search for him that ensued – and the Taliban prisoner swap that won his release in 2014 – drew wide derision from soldiers and Republicans.
But while it's invited some derision, this tendency also has more than a little to do with just how beloved his most beloved films came to be.
The President No national figure strikes more derision and fear in the hearts of wypipo than former President Barack Obama.
One need only review its snarky, one-sided coverage of the last presidential election, its caffè latte derision of anything not liberal, from guns to religion, to get its full, arrogant measure.
That black people, who have lived for centuries under such derision and condescension, have not yet been driven into the arms of Trump does not trouble these theoreticians.
The term cropped up in dozens of newspaper articles and op-eds over the last three decades, frequently as a subject of derision.
Thaler, 72 and a professor at the University of Chicago, is one of the founders of behavioral economics and finance, a field which once drew derision from some academics before entering the mainstream over the past decade.
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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.”
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