- 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: Middle English ; from Late Latin derisio ; from derisus, past participle of deridere
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- 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.