Definition of derisive in English:



  • Expressing contempt or ridicule:

    ‘he gave a harsh, derisive laugh’
    • ‘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.’
    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
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Mid 17th century: from derision, on the pattern of the pair decision, decisive.