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[dih-rizh-uh n]
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  1. ridicule; mockery: The inept performance elicited derision from the audience.
  2. 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
Related formsde·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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  1. the act of deriding; mockery; scorn
  2. an object of mockery or scorn
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Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin dērīsiō, from Latin dērīsus; see deride
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Word Origin and History 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."

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