de·​ri·​so·​ry di-ˈrī-sə-rē How to pronounce derisory (audio)
: expressing derision : derisive
: worthy of derision
especially : laughably small
land could be bought for a derisory sum

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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Word History

First Known Use

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of derisory was in 1618

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“Derisory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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