Derision Definition

dĭ-rĭzhən
noun
A deriding or being derided; contempt or ridicule.
Webster's New World
A person or thing derided.
Webster's New World
A state of being derided.
Members of the board held the proposal in derision.
American Heritage
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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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

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