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deride | derision | derisive

deride derision derisive
mock or treat with contempt
  • How to Memorize
    • deride - insult
  • Analysis

    If you ‘deride’ somebody or something, you insult them with a remark, or make a joke of them. It is considered quite cruel and causes great offence as it implies a total lack of respect or consideration. Such ridicule is unlikely to be received positively in either a professional or social context.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymsridicule, scorn, scoff,
    Antonymseulogizecompliment, revere,
  • Example(s)
    1. The politician was quick to deride his opponent when news of the scandal broke.

    2. I accept that my suggestion wasn’t the best, but it didn’t deserve the derision it got. I thought that was cruel.

    3. Chris is a bully. He often makes derisive remarks to other members of staff.