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Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Definitions for deride

  1. To laugh at with contempt; to subject to ridicule or make sport of; to mock; to scoff at.

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Citations for deride
She was inclined to deride Mr. Hemingway's mania for firearms and thereby often hurt his feelings. , New York Times
I had no desire to endorse idiocy -- but neither could I be seen to deride a colleague. Michael Foley, Getting Used to Not Being Remarkable
Origin of deride
Deride comes from Latin deridere, from de-, "down from" + ridere, "to laugh." It is related to ridiculous. Derision is the act of deriding, or the state of being derided.