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
For years, that was a term of derision for the state’s biggest county in a legislature dominated by rural interests.
Sen. John McCain, whom Trump targeted for derision during the 2016 campaign, joined Murkowski and Maine’s Susan Collins in voting against the bill.
But for people of size, requesting not to be weighed will likely be met with far more derision and suspicion.
Indeed, too many commentators do consciously or unconsciously internalize the logic of politicians and political activists by treating their own side with politeness and reserving derision for people associated with the opposing party.
Their membership has slowly swelled in the past three years, though persecution and widespread public derision keep them mostly underground.
Etymologists differ on the origin of the lyrics, but Yankee typically referred to New Englanders, doodle was a term of derision and dandy was someone who affected sophistication (fashionable macaroni wigs also became a metaphor for foppishness).
Christie has defended himself and derided the photos, even as the images drew widespread derision and a rebuke from Christie’s running mate.
While the commission itself has drawn derision from some Democrats as an effort to legitimize Trump's unfounded claim, Borunda's appointment has mainly led to head scratching in Maryland and elsewhere.
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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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