Definition of derisive in English:



  • Expressing contempt or ridicule.

    ‘he gave a harsh, derisive laugh’
    • ‘Answers can be serious, solemn, pithy, witty, biting, derisive, belittling…’
    • ‘Even raising the issue draws derisive and dismissive responses.’
    • ‘He gave a short, derisive laugh, but the gleam in his eyes was bitter.’
    • ‘Then, with an inner laugh, knowing how this would affect her, he turned and gave her a derisive sneer.’
    • ‘It was a short, derisive laugh, and I smiled in a confused manner at my phone.’
    • ‘He was abusive, debauched, arrogant, derisive, intolerant, and possibly the loneliest man who ever lived.’
    • ‘For better or worse, the current tone is skeptical, derisive and gross.’
    • ‘In the interest of sparing feelings I have closed this entry to further derisive comments.’
    • ‘Howard apparently ‘raised derisive chuckles at least a dozen times’.’
    • ‘To this end, helpful responses are mildly sardonic, while acerbic comments are scathing, derisive insults.’
    • ‘He is not expecting any derisive letters in his mail.’
    • ‘You can add our derisive noises to the swelling chorus.’
    • ‘If all goes well next weekend, his reign might end not with a bang but a derisive laugh.’
    • ‘This is probably where the derisive humor begins it's arc.’
    • ‘People tend to be cynical and derisive towards romantic comedies.’
    • ‘Their methods are always very slick and their message is always consistent and it's always delivered with the requisite derisive tone.’
    • ‘At the time, I took those words to heart, mostly because there was no voice in the media to simply laugh out loud in derisive response.’
    • ‘But the most derisive comments of all were reserved for my arguments about the moral and legal restraints on the early colonists.’
    • ‘Something unhealthy in our political system causes each president to be portrayed in the most vicious and derisive terms.’
    • ‘They were candidly surprised by how well it all turned out and my office no longer elicits derisive or doubting commentary.’
    mocking, ridiculing, jeering, scoffing, jibing, pillorying, teasing, derisory, snide
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Mid 17th century: from derision, on the pattern of the pair decision, decisive.