Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of deriding or treating with contempt
  2. (noun, communication) contemptuous laughter

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Synonyms of Derision


Origin of the word Derision

  1. c.1400, from O.Fr. derision (13c.), from L. derisionem, noun of action from deridere "ridicule," from de- "down" + ridere "to laugh." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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