de·​ri·​so·​ry | \ di-ˈrī-sə-rē How to pronounce derisory (audio) , -zə- \

Definition of derisory

1 : expressing derision : derisive
2 : worthy of derision especially : laughably small land could be bought for a derisory sum

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Examples of derisory in a Sentence

a literary snob, she invariably used the derisory term “the boob tube” when referring to television the pawnbroker offered what I regarded as a derisory amount for the diamond ring
Recent Examples on the Web There’s no escaping that the current ESG qualifications of most directors and executives is derisory, and mandatory disclosures would provide the stick to increase competency. Paul Polman, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2021 Arsenal are seemingly the latest club to have entered the Harry Maguire saga alongside Manchester United and Manchester City, only to make a derisory transfer enquiry for the Leicester and England centre back well below the Foxes' asking price., 3 July 2019 Now non-Duchenne laughter, along with its dark side, appeared: strategic, calculated, and even derisory and aggressive. Giovanni Sabato, Scientific American, 26 June 2019 While much of the talk is typically derisory, two of late night’s royalty took a different tack Wednesday night. Natasha Bach, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of derisory

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of derisory was in 1618

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16 Apr 2021

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“Derisory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of derisory

: of too little value to be considered seriously : ridiculously small
: expressing a belief that something or someone is ridiculous or without value : expressing derision

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