- characterized by or expressing derision; contemptuous; mocking: derisive heckling.
Also de·ri·so·ry [dih-rahy-suh-ree, -zuh-] /dɪˈraɪ sə ri, -zə-/.
Origin of derisive
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Examples from the Web for derisory
Accordingly, when the pirates finally make contact and demand $50 million, Peter offers them a derisory $250,000.‘A Hijacking,’ the Somali Pirate Movie Without Tom Hanks, Is Fantastic
July 15, 2013
But at least the Goncourt, with its derisory 50NF cash reward, had clean hands.Mantel Books the Booker
October 6, 2009
It is a contemptible and derisory gift for luck, like vituperative outcries.Folkways</p>
William Graham Sumner
The term astrology had none of the unfortunate or derisory signification that it has at the present time.The Popes and Science
James J. Walsh
The slightest glance of amused and derisory intelligence passed between them as the Complete Sportsman plunged into the game.
"Come and shew yer ticket o' leave," urged Culling with derisory finger outstretched to indicate the forces of law and order.The Sixth Sense</p>
There are no longer insinuating and derisory shakings of the head in the presence of his works.Puvis de Chavannes
- subject to or worthy of derision, esp because of being ridiculously small or inadequate
- another word for derisive
- showing or characterized by derision; mocking; scornful
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Word Origin and History for derisory
1610s, from Latin derisorius, from derisor "derider," agent noun from deridere (see deride).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper