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