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
Examples of derisive in a Sentence
the derisive performances of some of the singers on the talent show
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Dark humor and derisive social commentary permeate the show and are used to a higher intensity than in his previous work.
Slants founder Simon Tam said his goal was to reclaim a derisive slur and transform it into a badge of ethnic pride.
Though the script tilts to the didactic, the performances are absolutely delicious, with Mr. Meaney droll and understated and Mr. Spall fiery and derisive, yet not above a joke.
Looming over the entire spectacle will be Trump, a digital specter who can lash out at a moment’s notice with an angry or derisive tweet.
There have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.
As the battle extends into its second hour, the bands start taunting each other, making derisive hand and arm gestures, screwing up their faces in disgust, shaking their trumpets and trombones in insulting and dismissive ways.
Even as the draft has gone on the road, to Chicago the previous two years and now Philadelphia, Jets fans have kept their derisive tradition alive.
The vertiginous camera moves, the glitzy fashions, and the giddily miniaturized weaponry match the derisive tone of the cloak-and-dagger depravity, complete with a shocking execution and two blithe musical numbers.
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