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

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the derisive performances of some of the singers on the talent show

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Those derisive statements and others help explain why Democrats entered into the politically perilous fight. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "Shutdown’s Crux: Democrats’ Deep-Rooted Distrust of G.O.P. on Immigration," 21 Jan. 2018 There have been times where America showed arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive. Fox News, "Watters' Words: A tale of two tours," 15 July 2018 Last week, the department’s consular affairs unit held a question-and-answer session via Facebook on tips for traveling with children, which led to a cascade of derisive questions about the advisability of caging children. Gardiner Harris, New York Times, "In Human Trafficking Report, State Dept. Warns Against Separating Children From Parents," 28 June 2018 Louis Napoleon’s biographer does his best for him, persuasively enough to make the derisive descriptions of him in his own time and later seem unfair. Allan Massie, WSJ, "‘The Shadow Emperor’ Review: The Other Bonaparte," 29 May 2018 California's action prompted Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to send out a derisive tweet in an effort to persuade Uber to bring its self-driving cars to his state. CBS News, "Uber self-drives robo-cars out of Arizona after fatal crash," 24 May 2018 California’s action prompted Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to send out a derisive tweet in an effort to persuade Uber to bring its self-driving cars to his state. Michael Liedtke, Houston Chronicle, "Uber ends self-driving program in Arizona after fatal crash," 23 May 2018 Ignoring derisive hoots by Pirates manager Connie Mack, the Orioles’ Arlie Pond pitches a four-hitter to defeat Pittsburgh, 10-3, in a National League game. Mike Klingaman,, "The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for May 27-June 2," 27 May 2018 The Lions, who voted in favor of Wednesday’s proposal, had eight players take a knee during the anthem for a game last September, after derisive comments made by President Donald Trump. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "NFL's national anthem proposal is a cop out, not a solution," 23 May 2018

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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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