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
The building quickly became a target of derision, with critics describing its glass elevators and motion-sensing trash-can lids as symbols of government largesse amid Alaska's budget crisis.
As a result, many who dared claim the mantle of feminist were looked at with great suspicion and derision.
Harry Kane's successful appeal to have Spurs' second goal against Stoke awarded to him has drawn much amusement and derision from the Twitter community, and Italian club Roma are the latest to jump on the bandwagon.
At the time, however, Gen. Hays’s promotion was greeted with astonishment from some quarters and derision from others.
In an interview with TMZ on Tuesday, Hogg spoke about receiving rejection letters from California colleges, and in doing so sparked derision from conservatives, particularly Fox News’ Laura Ingraham.
In an interview with TMZ on Tuesday, Hogg had spoken about receiving rejection letters from California colleges and in doing so sparked derision from conservatives - including Ingraham.
At the moment, the primary object of media derision is Facebook, which continues to face bruising headlines over its shaky response to the scandal.
The painting generated over 12,000 likes from fans, but, like all his posts, the comment section was filled with a mix of applause and derision from his many fans.
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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
- … The villagers spoke of Min—usually in jest, but sometimes with derision …
- —Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard
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