The definition of derision is a feeling of deep hatred.
An example of derision is the feeling opposing street gangs have for each other.
- a deriding or being derided; contempt or ridicule
- Rare a person or thing derided
Origin of derisionMiddle English from Late Latin derisio from derisus, past participle of deridere
- The act of ridiculing or laughing at someone or something.
- A state of being derided: Members of the board held the proposal in derision.
Origin of derisionMiddle English derisioun from Anglo-Norman from Late Latin dērīsiō dērīsiōn- from Latin dērīsus past participle of dērīdēre to deride ; see deride .
- Act of treating with disdain.
OriginSee also: dérision
From Old French derision, from Latin derisionem (action of deridere).