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.
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Anglers developed new bottom-hugging flies—including the mop fly—that attracted fish and derision.
The derision for the unorthodox training and the participatory methods established by their parents, Richard Williams and Oracene Price?
This gleeful derision seems especially cruel in view of the more serious abuse that modern life has heaped upon the less intellectually gifted.
There’s a powerful pre-trial scene where Darden tries to get past evidence of cop Mark Fuhrman using the N-word taken off the table, garnering Cochran’s ire and derision.
This startling advice has been greeted in many quarters with a mix of shock and derision.
And, of course, the rebuke to critics, though coming from Nichols’s mouth, is all the more pertinent under May’s editorial touch, given that her career, not his, was buried by critical incomprehension, indifference, and derision.
The media has so far reacted with a mix of understandable skepticism and outright derision.
Walker is critical of the protesters to the point of derision.
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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.”
Origin and Etymology of derision
Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin derision-, derisio, from Latin deridēre —see deride
First Known Use: 14th century
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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
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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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