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derision

Line breaks: de|ri¦sion
Pronunciation: /dɪˈrɪʒ(ə)n
 
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Definition of derision in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Contemptuous ridicule or mockery: my stories were greeted with derision and disbelief
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Phrases

hold (or have) in derision

1
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.

Derivatives

derisible

1
Pronunciation: /dɪˈrɪzɪb(ə)l/
adjective
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.

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