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.”
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 1993Britain 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, 1991The 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 on the WebPaul, when asked by The Enquirer about the clip, reacted with derision.
Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 14 Jan. 2022 Creasing up with derision, Mr. Sliwa berates Mr. Adams for taking a vacation in Monaco.
Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021 While the exact timing and details of the private-sector mandates are still being hammered out, the specter of coercion outrages many Kentuckians, particularly in Appalachia, where government directives have been met with derision.
Sarah Varney, The Courier-Journal, 22 Oct. 2021 While the exact timing and details of the private-sector mandates are still being hammered out, the specter of coercion outrages many Kentuckians, particularly in Appalachia, where government directives have been met with derision.
Sarah Varney, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Oct. 2021 Only weeks earlier, acknowledging the unrelenting derision in his mentions amid the 2020 playoffs, George spoke publicly about discussing his feelings of depression and anxiety with a team psychologist.
Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2021 Sexton further remarked that conservatives had latched onto the media's nonstop derision of DeSantis by satirically blaming him for coronavirus spikes in places like Hawaii and the Northeast.
Fox News, 1 Oct. 2021 As such, the fate of the jobless — the attendant derision or pity is often used as a cautionary tale.
Whizy Kim, refinery29.com, 28 Sep. 2021 The Randumb Show, from 2013 to 2014—a pattern of casual comments that revealed, in turn, a pattern of casual derision of other people.
Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 21 Aug. 2021
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