de·​ri·​sive | \ di-ˈrī-siv How to pronounce derisive (audio) , -ziv; -ˈri-ziv, -ˈri-siv How to pronounce derisive (audio) \

Definition of derisive

: expressing or causing contemptuous ridicule or scorn : expressing or causing derision derisive laughter Given such follies …, it's easy to be derisive of Jerry Lewis …— James Wolcott

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Other Words from derisive

derisively adverb
derisiveness noun

Examples of derisive in a Sentence

the derisive performances of some of the singers on the talent show
Recent Examples on the Web The contest actually began in 1992 because of Hillary Clinton when her husband’s campaign went into damage-control mode over her derisive comments about cookie-making. Emily Heil, Washington Post, "The traditional presidential cookie contest is off — but many ‘first lady recipes’ have long been bogus," 1 Sep. 2020 The notion of the Big Ten reversing course on its Aug. 11 decree that postponed fall sports indefinitely invited scoffs and derisive remarks by some university power brokers with firsthand knowledge of those decisions. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten isn't willing participant in Trump's game of political football: '(Bleep) no'," 1 Sep. 2020 Trump’s derisive tone played well with the supporters — kept in the hundreds because of coronavirus — who were invited to hear him. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, "Trump swings through Minnesota, paints himself as force for stability and order," 17 Aug. 2020 Trump tweeted right before and after Pelosi’s appearance, in both instances using derisive nicknames. Lisa Mascaro, The Denver Post, "Trump, Pelosi square off ahead of impeachment trial," 12 Jan. 2020 Every comment section of any article printed about the issue was riddled with derisive comments and in some cases, unmitigated rage. Janessa Goldbeck,, "We Ask & We Tell, But It’s Still Hard To Be Queer In The Military," 15 June 2020 Bolsonaro replied with a derisive statement texted to media by his office. Patricia Lara,, "Bolsonaro Mocks ‘Absurd’ Idea of Military Coup After Court Rules," 14 June 2020 That derisive statement was directed at former national security adviser Susan Rice. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "‘Fuel on the fire:’ Russia denies exploiting protests, mocks ‘American exceptionalism in practice’," 1 June 2020 One particular sequence in particular, involving a little song hummed through the nose of a derisive passerby observing a grandiose construction project, unfailingly delighted our daughters. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: Twelve Classic Movies to Watch with Your Kids," 23 May 2020

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First Known Use of derisive

circa 1662, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for derisive

see derision

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5 Sep 2020

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“Derisive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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