- ridicule; mockery: The inept performance elicited derision from the audience.
- an object of ridicule.
Origin of derision
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- subject to or deserving of derision; ridiculous
- the act of deriding; mockery; scorn
- an object of mockery or scorn
Word Origin for derision
C15: from Late Latin dērīsiō, from Latin dērīsus; see deride
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c.1400, from Old French derision "derision, mockery" (13c.), from Latin derisionem (nominative derisio), noun of action from past participle stem of deridere "ridicule," from de- "down" (see de-) + ridere "to laugh."
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