derisive

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

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 derisory (1 of 2)

derisory
/ (dɪˈraɪsərɪ, -zərɪ) /

adjective

subject to or worthy of derision, esp because of being ridiculously small or inadequate
another word for derisive

British Dictionary definitions for derisory (2 of 2)

derisive
/ (dɪˈraɪsɪv, -zɪv) /

adjective

showing or characterized by derision; mocking; scornful

Derived forms of derisive

derisively, adverbderisiveness, noun
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