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 deriding

Contemporary Examples of deriding

Historical Examples of deriding

  • She said this with such refined irony that her husband did not detect that she was deriding him.

  • She broke into a laugh—one of her low, short, deriding laughs.

    The Midnight Queen

    May Agnes Fleming

  • She was glamorous with the material elegance that always ended by deriding him.


    Stephen French Whitman

  • Everybody who had been deriding Sharll Renner were now acclaiming him.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

  • For an instant he imagined her deriding him and revenging herself.

British Dictionary definitions for deriding



(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 deriding



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

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