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[dih-rahyd] /dɪˈraɪd/
verb (used with object), derided, deriding.
to laugh at in scorn or contempt; scoff or jeer at; mock.
Origin of deride
1520-30; < Latin dērīdēre to mock, equivalent to dē- de- + rīdēre to laugh
Related forms
derider, noun
deridingly, adverb
overderide, verb (used with object), overderided, overderiding.
underided, adjective
taunt, flout, gibe, banter, rally. See ridicule. Unabridged
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  • It is idle to urge that unless we do this, anti-Christians will deride us.

  • Standing outside, we deride or oppose it, or at the most feel sentimental.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • People would pity her, would see her loss, deride her wilful folly.

    Moods Louisa May Alcott
  • Ye who pray for what God in His infinite mercy has granted, do ye mock and deride Him?

  • He could ridicule and deride opponents,--he could not suffer pain.

  • They fear the world will mock them and deride When they are stripped of all their golden state.

    The Inn of Dreams Olive Custance
  • A few objectors called it the "turgotine," partly to mimic Paris and partly to deride a minister who attempted innovations.

    The Chouans Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for deride


(transitive) to speak of or treat with contempt, mockery, or ridicule; scoff or jeer at
Derived Forms
derider, noun
deridingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dērīdēre to laugh to scorn, from de- + rīdēre to laugh, smile
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Word Origin and History for deride

1520s, from Middle French derider, from Latin deridere "to ridicule, laugh to scorn" (see derision). Related: Derided; deriding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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