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
Recent Examples of derisive from the Web
In August 2007, this question ricocheted through the blogosphere to a chorus of derisive laughter.
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Origin and Etymology of derisive
First Known Use: circa 1662
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