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[dih-rizh-uh n] /dɪˈrɪʒ ən/
ridicule; mockery:
The inept performance elicited derision from the audience.
an object of ridicule.
Origin of derision
1350-1400; Middle English derisioun < Old French derision < Late Latin dērīsiōn- (stem of dērīsiō), equivalent to Latin dērīs(us) mocked (past participle of dērīdēre; see deride) + -iōn- -ion
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[dih-riz-uh-buh l] /dɪˈrɪz ə bəl/ (Show IPA),
nonderisible, adjective
underisible, adjective Unabridged
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  • Annoyed, I asked her as gently as possible, while the crowd grinned in derision: But what have you done that I should pay you?

    Vistas in Sicily Arthur Stanley Riggs
  • The English officers sneered in derision at "the fleet of whaleboats."

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  • Though brave and high-spirited, he was very sensitive, and feared a smile of derision more than a sword-thrust.

    Captain Fracasse Theophile Gautier
  • He thought the little ones too poor-looking and turned away in derision.

    The Blue Bird for Children Georgette Leblanc
  • Brier and blossom bow to meet him In derision round his path; Gloomily the hemlocks greet him And the crow screams out in wrath.

British Dictionary definitions for derision


the act of deriding; mockery; scorn
an object of mockery or scorn
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin dērīsiō, from Latin dērīsus; see deride
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Word Origin and History for derision

c.1400, from Old French derision "derision, mockery" (13c.), from Latin derisionem (nominative derisio), noun of action from past participle stem of deridere "ridicule," from de- "down" (see de-) + ridere "to laugh."

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