AskDefine | Define derision

Dictionary Definition

derision

Noun

1 contemptuous laughter
2 the act of deriding or treating with contempt [syn: ridicule]

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English

Etymology

From derision, from derisionem (action of deridere).

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. Act of treating with contempt.
    • Mario Puzo, The Godfather
      There was just a touch of derision in the Don's voice and Hagen flushed.

Derived terms

Translations

act of treating with contempt
  • French: dérision
  • Hungarian: kinevetés, kigúnyolás, kicsúfolás

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