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derisive

[ dih-rahy-siv, -ris-iv ]
/ dɪˈraɪ sɪv, -ˈrɪs ɪv /
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adjective
characterized by or expressing derision; contemptuous; mocking: derisive heckling.
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Also de·ri·so·ry [dih-rahy-suh-ree, -zuh-]. /dɪˈraɪ sə ri, -zə-/.

Origin of derisive

First recorded in 1655–65; deris(ion) + -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for derisive

derisive
/ (dɪˈraɪsɪv, -zɪv) /

adjective
showing or characterized by derision; mocking; scornful

Derived forms of derisive

derisively, adverbderisiveness, noun
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