noun contemptuous laughter
noun the act of deriding or treating with contempt
: cf. F. dérision
. See Deride
- 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.
- 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.
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