Definition of derision in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈriZHən/


Contemptuous ridicule or mockery: my stories were greeted with derision and disbelief
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  • Contempt and derision were now poured not upon the heretical supporters of change, but upon their orthodox opponents.
  • Serious debate is not welcome in the mainstream; dissent is treated with derision and contempt, or ignored.
  • The name itself connotes derision and contempt for the inhabitants of the compound.
mockery, ridicule, jeers, sneers, taunts;
disdain, disparagement, denigration, disrespect, insults;
scorn, contempt;
lampooning, satire


hold (or have) in derision

archaic Regard with mockery.
Example sentences
  • The mouth of one with understanding is praised by a man, but the dull of heart is held in derision.
  • Again, there is comedy as she undergoes training for her royal role and tries to reconcile royalty with being held in derision by her school contemporaries.
  • It is a scandal - and surely the deepest of ironies - that he should be ignored, scorned or held in derision in the very places where knowledge and wisdom are deemed to be sought and taught.



Pronunciation: /-ˈrizəbəl/
Example sentences
  • I arrived at the Exam Schools this morning to find that all lectures had been cancelled because of a derisible sit-in protest.
  • Workers can passionately complain about some derisible human specimen, only to be seen joking heartily with them seconds later.
  • Fines as set are often derisible for motoring infringements.


Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin derisio(n-), from deridere 'scoff at'.

Words that rhyme with derision

circumcision, collision, concision, decision, division, elision, envision, excision, imprecision, incision, misprision, precisian, precision, provision, scission, vision

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Syllabification: de·ri·sion

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