• WordNet 3.6
    • n derision the act of deriding or treating with contempt
    • n derision contemptuous laughter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Derision An object of derision or scorn; a laughing-stock. "I was a derision to all my people."
    • Derision 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 .""Satan beheld their plight,
      And to his mates thus in derision called."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n derision The act of deriding; subjection to ridicule or mockery; contempt manifested by laughter; scorn.
    • n derision An object of derision or contempt; a laughing-stock.
    • n derision Synonyms Ridicule, mockery, gibes, scoffing, taunts, insults.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Derision de-rizh′un act of deriding: mockery: a laughing-stock
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  • A. C. Swinburne
    A. C. Swinburne
    “Time turns the old days to derision, our loves into corpses or wives; and marriage and death and division make barren our lives.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. derisio,: cf. F. dérision,. See Deride


In literature:

The boys shouted in derision, but Phipps did not come back, and the stranger was the hero.
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
Street gamins were howling, and idle slaves and hucksters were pouring forth volleys of taunts and derision at some luckless wight.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
He had not gone far before his flight was perceived and a shout of laughter and derision arose.
"Winning His "W"" by Everett Titsworth Tomlinson
Her faint smile was mockingly derisive.
"The Palace of Darkened Windows" by Mary Hastings Bradley
At last she laughed to herself derisively.
"The Wharf by the Docks" by Florence Warden
They began to shout to their enemies in derisive terms, hoping the taunts would exasperate and draw them into an attack.
"The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson, the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains, from Facts Narrated by Himself" by De Witt C. Peters
The painted phantasm Fashion rises to cast a species of derision on what we say.
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
To strangers, above all, were we objects of derision.
"Fifth Avenue" by Arthur Bartlett Maurice
The knight treated Joan's words with derision, and Joan herself with insults; and thus ended the first of their interviews.
"Joan of Arc" by Ronald Sutherland Gower
In Germany, however, the "naval holiday" soon became an object of derision.
"The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I" by Burton J. Hendrick
She glanced over my shoulder, toward the window, with a derisive smile.
"The Colonel of the Red Huzzars" by John Reed Scott
The account reached England, and was treated with derision.
"About Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
All doubt was dissipated just then, for a series of loud and derisive shouts in boyish treble welled up from outside.
"The Banner Boy Scouts" by George A. Warren
Many of the people of Mecca held him up to ridicule, and treated his declarations with derisive contempt.
"The Days of Mohammed" by Anna May Wilson
From his puckered dark lips issued a fiendish and derisive squeal.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
As this car slid past a great yell went up from the occupants; men on the platforms swung their arms in execration and derision.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
For she sat, chin propped upon one hand, and stared derisively into the boy's self-conscious eyes.
"Winner Take All" by Larry Evans
Calumet halted on the crest of the hill and waved a hand derisively at the man, who was looking back over his shoulder as he rode.
"The Boss of the Lazy Y" by Charles Alden Seltzer
On my arrival there I met with a good deal of derision from my ignorant men.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Something of humorous derision in his blue eyes told Farquhar that the Coloradoan did not take the girl's admiration as his due.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine

In poetry:

Quip, quirk, and derision;
And what my heart feels,
My soul's purest vision,
Are under the seals.
"Seals" by Gamaliel Bradford
Thine to remake
The world in thy hid likeness, and renew
The fading vision
In spite of time's derision.
"Imagination" by John Freeman
Indeed, I fail to see the force
Of your derisive laughter
Because I will not say my horse
Has not some horse-hereafter.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
The soul of man, I tried to show,
Went up beyond our vision.
“You ebber see dat fellow go?”
He asked in sheer derision.
"Peter the Piccaninny" by Henry Kendall
When a new planet shed its rays
Beyond their field of vision,
And simple folk ran out to gaze,
They laughed in high derision.
"A Criticism of Critics" by Robert Fuller Murray
Ha! sweet maid, what sudden vision
Hath dispelled thy cold derision?
What new picture hast thou seen,
Of a world that might have been?
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

ABC stalwart Diane Sawyer's on-air performance brings attention, derision.
Her work is at once deeply personal and socially conscious, seriously funny and derisively tragic.
Few pieces of technology have been met with more derision of late than the teleprompter .
Reputations in derision, respect and trust be gone.
A hamburger made from ground beef containing what is derisively referred to as "pink slime," or what the meat industry calls "lean, finely textured beef ".
The venerable University of California traded in its traditional logo for something modern, eliciting a New Media blast of derision.
A staggering 72% had nothing but derision in describing the process, using terms such as a "ridiculous," " disgusting, " "stupid" and "frustrating".
That name began as a derisive term but it has been generally, if not officially, embraced.
Consumers reacted with derision when the Consumer Reports website the Consumerist published a piece on Comcast's entry into the business.
Every Saturday on its editorial page, the South Jersey Times cheers those who make our area a better place in which to live and jeers those whose actions merit derision.
Martin Amis, no stranger to critical derision.
(Update: Mid-afternoon June 22, US time, the video was "made private by uploader" on YouTube, making both video and many derisive comments by women inaccessible.
A hamburger made from ground beef containing what is derisively referred to as "pink slime," or what the meat industry calls "lean, finely textured beef".
Conservative Catholics complain that too many liberal Catholics instinctively greet every statement from the Vatican with suspicion, skepticism, or derision.
While his decision to reinstate Mr Vick undoubtedly will be met with cheers by some and derision by o...

In science:

Why did Rohrlich’s 2003 report on my paper contain no mention of Spohn’s 2000 “solution” (as claimed by Rohrlich, not by Spohn) of the “preacceleration problem”? Why did it give no hint that he considered the DD equation “no longer of physical interest”? This question is not presented in a sarcastic or derisive way.
Comment on Phys. Rev. D 60 084017 "Classical self-force" by F. Rohrlich
Baade had often called Hubble’s approximations “enthusiastic magnitudes”, not out of derision but as a tribute to Hubble’s skill in devising by practical methods what he needed in his reconnaissance studies of difficult problems.
The Tolman Surface Brightness Test for the Reality of the Expansion. V. Provenance of the Test and a New Representation of the Data for Three Remote HST Galaxy Clusters

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