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

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed 'Moscow Mitch' - a derisive nickname for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - in a speech on Wednesday for blocking bills aimed at preventing gun violence and foreign election interference. NBC News, "Pelosi knocks 'Moscow Mitch' for blocking gun, election interference bills," 14 Aug. 2019 Then last week, Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism published nearly 900 pages of derisive comments Rosselló and his closest advisers made in a private group chat on the Telegram messaging app. Washington Post, "Puerto Rico is in chaos, and some worry continued instability is a major threat," 18 July 2019 Trump, if 2016 is a guide, will run a nasty campaign, full of derisive caricature of his opponents. Sahil Kapur,, "Trump can win re-election, but new polls show he’s right to worry," 20 Aug. 2019 Cunningham, who lives in Pasadena with his wife, Wendy, acts as a tireless booster for his adopted home, posting sparkling shots of downtown Baltimore on social media to counteract more derisive depictions of the city. Childs Walker,, "‘I realized I was done’: Bruce Cunningham steps down after 20 years as Ravens public-address announcer," 20 Aug. 2019 But its inspectors are frequently derisive of more serious complaints, dismissing medical and safety concerns. Los Angeles Times, "Private inspectors paint a rosy picture of U.S. immigrant detention centers. Audits find otherwise," 26 July 2019 Rosselló is rejecting calls to step down after the leak of hundreds of derisive and offensive private chat messages among himself and members of his inner circle. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Bad Bunny, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ricky Martin address the Puerto Rico chat messages controversy," 17 July 2019 The numbers have increased despite Trump's derisive rhetoric and hard-line immigration policies. Colleen Long,, "Trump moves to end asylum protections for Central Americans, after a weekend of fear about ICE raids," 15 July 2019 Rosselló’s administration was rocked by the publication of a trove of derisive messages sent by the governor and some of his Cabinet members and top aides in a private chat on the messaging app Telegram. Patricia Mazzei,, "Puerto Rico leadership in turmoil amid calls for Ricardo Rosselló to resign," 14 July 2019

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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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