derision

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

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derision (uncountable)

  1. Act of treating with disdain.
    • 2011 December 15, Felicity Cloake, “How to cook the perfect nut roast”, Guardian:
      One of the darlings of the early vegetarian movement (particularly in its even sadder form, the cutlet), it was on the menu at John Harvey Kellogg's Battle Creek Sanitarium [sic], and has since become the default Sunday option for vegetarians – and a default source of derision for everyone else.
    • 1969, Mario Puzo, The Godfather:
      There was just a touch of derision in the Don's voice and Hagen flushed.

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