Definition of deride in English:

deride

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Express contempt for; ridicule.

    ‘critics derided the proposals as clumsy attempts to find a solution’
    • ‘The other parties have derided the proposal as a plan for a ‘fantasy island’.’
    • ‘Long derided by critics, he has fought artistic battles before.’
    • ‘It is certainly not a quality that should be derided or dismissed as trite - it can be studied, and it can be learned.’
    • ‘Four years ago, they were derided for raising proposals to decriminalise cannabis.’
    • ‘It has been derided by some critics as straying too far from historical fact in order to show a well-polished fiction.’
    • ‘These questions are not meant to mock or deride anyone's beliefs.’
    • ‘The painter proved once again yesterday that, while critics might deride it, the public can't get enough of his work.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The worst thing you could do would be to laugh at him or deride him.’
    • ‘Wall Street has derided the decision to merge, giving the boards of both companies a sharp surprise.’
    • ‘Scotland's newest soap opera has had a shaky start, derided by the critics for its wooden scripts and dull characters.’
    • ‘Do you get tired of being derided and dismissed by many mainstream environmental leaders?’
    • ‘Will the inane chatter so derided by blogging critics start to dry up?’
    • ‘For centuries women like me have been derided, scorned and ostracised.’
    • ‘He would mock and deride them relentlessly, not stopping until they cried.’
    • ‘Critics have derided the event as perpetuating a ‘tartan and shortbread’ image.’
    • ‘Critics deride him as a publicity hound and his combative character has alienated fellow lawyers in previous class actions.’
    • ‘So I didn't ridicule or deride contributions, and published most emails critical of me, my style, and my substance.’
    • ‘Some critics have derided his work as dumbed-down and self-aggrandising.’
    • ‘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
    disdain, disparage, denigrate, pooh-pooh, dismiss, slight, detract from
    sneer at, scorn, heap scorn on, pour scorn on, taunt, insult, torment
    treat with contempt, vilify
    lampoon, satirize
    knock, take the mickey out of
    poke mullock at
    take the piss out of
    contemn, flout at
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin deridere scoff at.

Pronunciation

deride

/dəˈrīd/