Definition of deride in English:

deride

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Express contempt for; ridicule.

    ‘critics derided the proposals as clumsy attempts to find a solution’
    • ‘So I didn't ridicule or deride contributions, and published most emails critical of me, my style, and my substance.’
    • ‘It has been derided by some critics as straying too far from historical fact in order to show a well-polished fiction.’
    • ‘Scotland's newest soap opera has had a shaky start, derided by the critics for its wooden scripts and dull characters.’
    • ‘Some critics have derided his work as dumbed-down and self-aggrandising.’
    • ‘Critics have derided the event as perpetuating a ‘tartan and shortbread’ image.’
    • ‘Long derided by critics, he has fought artistic battles before.’
    • ‘Will the inane chatter so derided by blogging critics start to dry up?’
    • ‘The painter proved once again yesterday that, while critics might deride it, the public can't get enough of his work.’
    • ‘Four years ago, they were derided for raising proposals to decriminalise cannabis.’
    • ‘Do you get tired of being derided and dismissed by many mainstream environmental leaders?’
    • ‘The other parties have derided the proposal as a plan for a ‘fantasy island’.’
    • ‘For centuries women like me have been derided, scorned and ostracised.’
    • ‘It is certainly not a quality that should be derided or dismissed as trite - it can be studied, and it can be learned.’
    • ‘These questions are not meant to mock or deride anyone's beliefs.’
    • ‘He would mock and deride them relentlessly, not stopping until they cried.’
    • ‘The worst thing you could do would be to laugh at him or deride him.’
    • ‘Critics deride him as a publicity hound and his combative character has alienated fellow lawyers in previous class actions.’
    • ‘Wall Street has derided the decision to merge, giving the boards of both companies a sharp surprise.’
    • ‘How can I recommend a film that is not only ridiculed by most fans, but also derided by most of the stars of the film?’
    • ‘Many food trends have come and gone since she became famous, and she remained unmoved, deriding the anti-butterfat lobby and other bores.’
    ridicule, mock, jeer at, scoff at, jibe at, make fun of, poke fun at, laugh at, hold up to ridicule, pillory
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Pronunciation

deride

/dəˈrīd/ /dəˈraɪd/

Origin

Mid 16th century from Latin deridere ‘scoff at’.