mock or treat with contempt
deride - insult
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.
The politician was quick to deride his opponent when news of the scandal broke.
I accept that my suggestion wasn’t the best, but it didn’t deserve the derision it got. I thought that was cruel.
Chris is a bully. He often makes derisive remarks to other members of staff.