derision

[ dih-rizh-uh n ]
/ dɪˈrɪʒ ən /

noun

ridicule; mockery: The inept performance elicited derision from the audience.
an object of ridicule.

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Origin of derision

1350–1400; Middle English derisioun < Old French derision < Late Latin dērīsiōn- (stem of dērīsiō), equivalent to Latin dērīs(us) mocked (past participle of dērīdēre; see deride) + -iōn- -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM derision

de·ris·i·ble [dih-riz-uh-buh l] /dɪˈrɪz ə bəl/, adjectivenon·de·ris·i·ble, adjectiveun·de·ris·i·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for derision

derision
/ (dɪˈrɪʒən) /

noun

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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