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derisive

[dih-rahy-siv, -ris-iv]
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adjective
  1. 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
Related formsde·ri·sive·ly, adverbde·ri·sive·ness, nounnon·de·ri·sive, adjectiveo·ver·de·ri·sive, adjectiveo·ver·de·ri·sive·ly, adverbo·ver·de·ri·sive·ness, nounun·de·ri·sive, adjectiveun·de·ri·sive·ly, adverbun·de·ri·sive·ness, nounun·de·ri·so·ry, adjective
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Related Words for derisive

insulting, rude, sarcastic, mocking, disdainful, cheeky, scornful, cocky, contemptuous, crusty, flip, fresh, jeering, nervy, sassy, smart, scoffing, gally, taunting

Examples from the Web for derisive

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Historical Examples of derisive

  • There were those in the valley who viewed the Sabbath calm with a derisive smile.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • They regarded him and his wife with derisive pity, tinged with anger.

    Fruitfulness

    Emile Zola

  • The point was treated with contempt and some derisive laughter.

  • As he did so, from the path above him came a derisive laugh which set his blood boiling.

    'Smiles'

    Eliot H. Robinson

  • But there is no spur so galling as the derisive smile of a comely young woman.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet


British Dictionary definitions for derisive

derisive

adjective
  1. showing or characterized by derision; mocking; scornful
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Derived Formsderisively, adverbderisiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for derisive

adj.

1620s, "characterized by derision," from Latin deris-, past participle stem of deridere (see derision) + -ive. Meaning "ridiculous" is from 1896. Related: Derisively.

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