- ridicule; mockery: The inept performance elicited derision from the audience.
- an object of ridicule.
Origin of derision
Related Words for derisionmockery, ridicule, scorn, laughter, contempt, disdain, laughingstock, dump, scoffing, joke, dig, satire, slap, contumely, butt, slam, jest, crack, put-down, comeback
Examples from the Web for derision
Contemporary Examples of derision
Foss occasionally supplied pulpits in Baltimore and its suburbs, to the derision of the Herald agnostics.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
And the omission or derision of dads in the parent (aka “mommy”) blogosphere is a perennial pet peeve.Move Over, Ladies: Dove Does Dads
June 17, 2014
This version is still being greeted with derision and genuine concern by various parents who oppose mandatory vaccination.Colorado’s Anti-Anti-Vaxxer Bill Gets Watered Down
April 23, 2014
When he gave interviews to the press, he was often quoted talking about his native country with derision.Why Are All of Johnny Depp’s Movies Bombing at the Box Office?
April 21, 2014
Most objects of Internet derision only remain interesting for a day or two, tops.‘American Blogger’ Is So Bad, You’ll Wish It Was a Spoof
April 16, 2014
Historical Examples of derision
We could look for no response but laughs of derision or the missiles of a mob.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
It alternates with derision, and is compatible with contempt.
Soon after, the mighty menaces of Caligula against them ended in mockery and derision.Tacitus on Germany
I said this was not friendship, but a slavery, which was the derision of the Court.The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete
Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
Then there was an explosion of derision and contempt among the men of Beaudoin's company.The Downfall
- the act of deriding; mockery; scorn
- an object of mockery or scorn
Word Origin for derision
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."