Derision meaning

dĭ-rĭzhən
The act of ridiculing or laughing at someone or something.
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A deriding or being derided; contempt or ridicule.
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The definition of derision is a feeling of deep hatred.

An example of derision is the feeling opposing street gangs have for each other.

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A person or thing derided.
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A state of being derided.

Members of the board held the proposal in derision.

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Act of treating with disdain.
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Origin of derision

  • Middle English derisioun from Anglo-Norman from Late Latin dērīsiō dērīsiōn- from Latin dērīsus past participle of dērīdēre to deride deride

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French derision, from Latin derisionem (action of deridere).

    From Wiktionary