derisive

[ dih-rahy-siv, -ris-iv ]
/ dɪˈraɪ sɪv, -ˈrɪs ɪv /
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adjective

characterized by or expressing derision; contemptuous; mocking: derisive heckling.

Nearby words

  1. dergue,
  2. deride,
  3. deringer,
  4. derisible,
  5. derision,
  6. derisively,
  7. derisory,
  8. deriv.,
  9. derivate,
  10. derivation

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 derisively

derisive

/ (dɪˈraɪsɪv, -zɪv) /

adjective

showing or characterized by derision; mocking; scornful
Derived Formsderisively, adverbderisiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for derisively

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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