Definition of derisive in English:

derisive

adjective

  • Expressing contempt or ridicule.

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

Mid 17th century: from derision, on the pattern of the pair decision, decisive.

Pronunciation:

derisive

/dɪˈrʌɪzɪv//dɪˈrʌɪsɪv/