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verb (used with object), de·rid·ed, de·rid·ing.
  1. to laugh at in scorn or contempt; scoff or jeer at; mock.
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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

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Historical Examples of derider

  • "You are a derider—a gross sinner," said the Cardinal languidly.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • I saw a tyrant in every urchin that was stronger than myself, and a derider in him that was weaker.

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard

  • Therefore disregarding their entreaties he prayed unto God for the soul of the derider, and went on his way.

  • On the other hand, as a critic and derider of the system which Blackstone had complacently expounded he did excellent service.

British Dictionary definitions for derider


  1. (tr) to speak of or treat with contempt, mockery, or ridicule; scoff or jeer at
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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 derider



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

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