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
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.
European Union leaders in Germany, Austria and elsewhere have treated the bill with derision.
Although the former quarterback’s move to professional baseball at age 29 has been met with much derision, more than 400 fans showed up for his first workout for the Mets’ instructional league at the Port St. Lucie complex in September.
Trump insisted a year ago that the US' screening of foreigners was a source of derision around the world, but his administration has yet to make major changes to how the US screens foreigners for visas and entry to the US.
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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
: 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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