Definition of deride in English:

deride

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Express contempt for; ridicule.

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

Mid 16th century: from Latin deridere ‘scoff at’.

Pronunciation

deride

/dəˈraɪd//dəˈrīd/