- Also de·ri·so·ry [dih-rahy-suh-ree, -zuh-]. /dɪˈraɪ sə ri, -zə-/.
- de·ri·sive·ly, adverb
- de·ri·sive·ness, noun
- non·de·ri·sive, adjective
- o·ver·de·ri·sive, adjective
- o·ver·de·ri·sive·ly, adverb
- o·ver·de·ri·sive·ness, noun
- un·de·ri·sive, adjective
- un·de·ri·sive·ly, adverb
- un·de·ri·sive·ness, noun
- un·de·ri·so·ry, adjective
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How to use derisive in a sentence
Nima Zeighami, who works in the immersive technology industry and was at the conference, posted an extremely entertaining and derisive Tweet thread chronicling all of the uses of the word “metaverse” on various ads and branding exercises.The Metaverse Ideas From CES 2022 That We’re Most Excited – and Confused – About | Andrew R. Chow | January 13, 2022 | Time
Within the FBI, some frustrated agents quickly started using a derisive nickname for ZeroFox — replacing the “Fox” with a similar-sounding expletive, to indicate how little use it seemed to have.Warnings of Jan. 6 violence preceded the Capitol riot | Hannah Allam, Devlin Barrett, Aaron Davis, Josh Dawsey, Amy Gardner, Shane Harris, Rosalind Helderman, Paul Kane, Dan Lamothe, Carol D. Leonnig, Nick Miroff, Ellen Nakashima, Ashley Parker, Beth Reinhard, Philip Rucker, Craig Timberg, Phoebe Connelly, Natalia Jiménez-Stuard, Madison Walls, Tyler Remmel | October 31, 2021 | Washington Post
That being said, people in the deaf community felt free to make pointed and derisive comments about my CI.
The message is derisive—rhabdomyolysis and whatever else might happen to certain people is really for wimps and buffoons only.
In his 60s and into his 80s, he loved taking down braggarts and bullies derisive of his age.Marty Reisman: The Magical Hustler Who Saved a Classic Game | Harold Evans | December 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
A French satirical magazine runs some derisive cartoons of Muhammad.
Remember all the derisive comments about previous encounters?A Winning Final Four at the GOP Debate in Charleston | Michael Medved | January 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sometimes it comes in literal sobriety, sometimes in derisive travesti, sometimes in tragic aggravation.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
There is something repulsively familiar about the tall man, his mouth drawn into a derisive smile.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
Sometimes he thinks that they wink at one another with regard to him, or make signs behind his back that are meant to be derisive.Essays In Pastoral Medicine | Austin Malley
"Oh, that only shows you can't interpret operatic music," Rob replied, with a derisive grin.A Fortune Hunter; Or, The Old Stone Corral | John Dunloe Carteret
The Turk heard the derisive laugh, and he felt the tingling of his ear and the poke in his ribs.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks | Bracebridge Hemyng
British Dictionary definitions for derisive
showing or characterized by derision; mocking; scornful
- derisively, adverb
- derisiveness, noun
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