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derision Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun contemptuous laughter
  2. noun the act of deriding or treating with contempt

De*ri"sion noun
L. derisio: cf. F. dérision. See Deride.
  1. The act of deriding, or the state of being derided; mockery; scornful or contemptuous treatment which holds one up to ridicule.
    He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision. Ps. ii. 4.
    Saan beheld their plight, And to his mates thus in derision called. Milton.
  2. An object of derision or scorn; a laughing-stock.
    I was a derision to all my people. Lam. iii. 14.
    Syn. -- Scorn; mockery; contempt; insult; ridicule.

Webster 1913

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