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[dih-rahy-siv, -ris-iv] /dɪˈraɪ sɪv, -ˈrɪs ɪv/
characterized by or expressing derision; contemptuous; mocking:
derisive heckling.
Also, derisory
[dih-rahy-suh-ree, -zuh-] /dɪˈraɪ sə ri, -zə-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of derisive
First recorded in 1655-65; deris(ion) + -ive
Related forms
derisively, adverb
derisiveness, noun
nonderisive, adjective
overderisive, adjective
overderisively, adverb
overderisiveness, noun
underisive, adjective
underisively, adverb
underisiveness, noun
underisory, adjective Unabridged
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  • "Your hero seems none so heroic after all," he said derisively to the Governor.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • Surely she could not be the lady of whom Sally Pendleton spoke so derisively?

    Jolly Sally Pendleton

    Laura Jean Libbey
  • As the two seized and started to bind Carmena, Slade grinned at her, derisively.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • "You know you're as good as licked, before we begin," replied the other, derisively.

  • "Phyllis had a little lamb, little lamb," sang Madge derisively.

    Madge Morton's Secret

    Amy D. V. Chalmers
British Dictionary definitions for derisively


/dɪˈraɪsɪv; -zɪv/
showing or characterized by derision; mocking; scornful
Derived Forms
derisively, adverb
derisiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for derisively



1620s, "characterized by derision," from Latin deris-, past participle stem of deridere (see derision) + -ive. Meaning "ridiculous" is from 1896. Related: Derisively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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