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Syllabification: de·ride
Pronunciation: /dəˈrīd

Definition of deride in English:


[with object]
Express contempt for; ridicule: critics derided the proposals as clumsy attempts to find a solution
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.
ridicule, mock, scoff at, jibe at, make fun of, poke fun at, laugh at, hold up to ridicule, pillory;
disdain, disparage, denigrate, dismiss, slight;
sneer at, scorn, insult
informal knock, pooh-pooh


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



Example sentences
  • 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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