de·ri·so·ry | \di-ˈrī-sə-rē, -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

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While much of the talk is typically derisory, two of late night’s royalty took a different tack Wednesday night. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "'You Would Do an Excellent Job': Stephen Colbert and John Oliver Urge Trump to Speak to Mueller," 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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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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