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See also: dérision



From Old French derision, from Latin dērīsiōnem, accusative of dērīsiō, from dērīdēre ("to mock, to laugh at, to deride").


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈɹɪʒən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪʒən


derision (countable and uncountable, plural derisions)

  1. Act of treating with disdain.
    • 1969, Mario Puzo, The Godfather:
      There was just a touch of derision in the Don's voice and Hagen flushed.
    • 2011 December 15, Felicity Cloake, “How to cook the perfect nut roast”, in Guardian[1]:
      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.
  2. Something to be derided; a laughing stock.

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