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
Conservative radio host Bill Mitchell amplified some of those conspiracy theories on his Twitter account to wide derision.
The incredible comments from the acclaimed referee were met with almost universal derision, with critics appalled at Clattenburg's admissions.
Would that the wicked would do nothing worse; would harm not a fly nor a referee curse; would make their dissent without threats or derision; would see other sides and with unobscured vision.
Even so, there’s something undeniably true about the video, which has only been amplified by reactions to the FCC’s vote: The internet that net neutrality might protect is also a petri dish of the pettiness and derision Pai acts out in the video.
And the fact that defensive whiz Avery Bradley didn’t earn one of 10 spots, brought derision and disgust.
Then there’s the factor that made Kaepernick a lightning rod a year ago: his national-anthem protests and, more broadly, his outspoken comments on a range of issues, which sparked support and derision in different circles.
Baywatch could have done with more such goofy meta-moments, treating the human body as a site of pleasure and fun rather than abjection and derision.
While Seneca used his pen to elicit laughter and derision—and did so with relative impunity—other comedians weren’t so lucky.
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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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