Definition of deride in English:


Line breaks: de¦ride
Pronunciation: /dɪˈrʌɪd


[with object]
Express contempt for; ridicule: the decision was derided by environmentalists
More example sentences
  • So I didn't ridicule or deride contributions, and published most emails critical of me, my style, and my substance.
  • It has been derided by some critics as straying too far from historical fact in order to show a well-polished fiction.
  • Scotland's newest soap opera has had a shaky start, derided by the critics for its wooden scripts and dull characters.
disdain, disparage, denigrate, pooh-pooh, dismiss, slight, detract from;
sneer at, scorn, pour/heap scorn on, taunt, insult, torment;
treat with contempt, vilify;
lampoon, satirize
informal knock, take the mickey out of
Australian/New Zealand informal poke mullock at
vulgar slang take the piss out of
archaic contemn, flout at


mid 16th century: from Latin deridere 'scoff at'.



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  • His nationalism was as expansive as his cosmopolitanism, and he railed in equal measure against the narrowness of native deriders of Scotland and the shallowness of Anglophobia.
  • Why does the man of understanding not respond to the derider? Because the derider will turn his derision on him or continue the original derision against him.

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