- The definition of derision is a feeling of deep hatred.
An example of derision is the feeling opposing street gangs have for each other.
derision definition by Webster's New World
- a deriding or being derided; contempt or ridicule
- Rare a person or thing derided
Origin: Middle English ; from Late Latin derisio ; from derisus, past participle of deridere
derision definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Contemptuous or jeering laughter; ridicule.b. A state of being derided: The proposal was held in derision by members of the board.
- An object of ridicule; a laughingstock.
Origin: Middle English derisioun, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin dērīsiō, dērīsiōn-, from Latin dērīsus, past participle of dērīdēre, to deride; see deride.