deride Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb treat or speak of with contempt
- He derided his student's attempt to solve the biggest problem in mathematics
De*ride" transitive verb
To laugh at with contempt; to laugh to scorn; to turn to ridicule or make sport of; to mock; to scoff at.
And the Pharisees, also, . . . derided him. Luke xvi. 14.
Sport that wrinkled Care derides. And Laughter holding both his sides. Milton.
Syn. -- To mock; laugh at; ridicule; insult; taunt; jeer; banter; rally. -- To Deride, Ridicule, Mock, Taunt. A man may ridicule without any unkindness of feeling; his object may be to correct; as, to. He who derides is actuated by a severe a contemptuous spirit; ridiculethe follies of the age as, to. To mock is stronger, and denotes open and scornful derision; derideone for his religious principles as, to. To taunt is to reproach with the keenest insult; mockat sin as, to. Ridicule consists more in words than in actions; derision and mockery evince themselves in actions as well as words; taunts are always expressed in words of extreme bitterness. tauntone for his misfortunes
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