Definition of deride in English:



  • Express contempt for; ridicule.

    ‘critics derided the proposals as clumsy attempts to find a solution’
    • ‘So I didn't ridicule or deride contributions, and published most emails critical of me, my style, and my substance.’
    • ‘It has been derided by some critics as straying too far from historical fact in order to show a well-polished fiction.’
    • ‘Some critics have derided his work as dumbed-down and self-aggrandising.’
    • ‘Long derided by critics, he has fought artistic battles before.’
    • ‘The painter proved once again yesterday that, while critics might deride it, the public can't get enough of his work.’
    • ‘Do you get tired of being derided and dismissed by many mainstream environmental leaders?’
    • ‘The other parties have derided the proposal as a plan for a ‘fantasy island’.’
    • ‘It is certainly not a quality that should be derided or dismissed as trite - it can be studied, and it can be learned.’
    • ‘Critics have derided the event as perpetuating a ‘tartan and shortbread’ image.’
    • ‘Four years ago, they were derided for raising proposals to decriminalise cannabis.’
    • ‘For centuries women like me have been derided, scorned and ostracised.’
    • ‘Critics deride him as a publicity hound and his combative character has alienated fellow lawyers in previous class actions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Many food trends have come and gone since she became famous, and she remained unmoved, deriding the anti-butterfat lobby and other bores.’
    • ‘The worst thing you could do would be to laugh at him or deride him.’
    • ‘These questions are not meant to mock or deride anyone's beliefs.’
    • ‘Will the inane chatter so derided by blogging critics start to dry up?’
    • ‘He would mock and deride them relentlessly, not stopping until they cried.’
    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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Mid 16th century: from Latin deridere scoff at.