verb (used with object), de·rid·ed, de·rid·ing.

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 formsde·rid·er, nounde·rid·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·de·ride, verb (used with object), o·ver·de·rid·ed, o·ver·de·rid·ing.un·de·rid·ed, adjective

Synonyms for deride Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deride

Contemporary Examples of deride

Historical Examples of deride

  • "Deride the agonies of Gian Maria," answered Francesco, with a laugh.


    Raphael Sabatini

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

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

    The Inn of Dreams

    Olive Custance

  • Therefore we should not deride the man who writes himself Smythe.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • They taunt and deride him, whereof three samples are again given.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider

British Dictionary definitions for deride



(tr) to speak of or treat with contempt, mockery, or ridicule; scoff or jeer at
Derived Formsderider, nounderidingly, adverb

Word Origin for deride

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.

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