Definition of deride in US English:

deride

verb

[with object]
  • Express contempt for; ridicule.

    ‘critics derided the proposals as clumsy attempts to find a solution’
    • ‘It has been derided by some critics as straying too far from historical fact in order to show a well-polished fiction.’
    • ‘So I didn't ridicule or deride contributions, and published most emails critical of me, my style, and my substance.’
    • ‘Many food trends have come and gone since she became famous, and she remained unmoved, deriding the anti-butterfat lobby and other bores.’
    • ‘He would mock and deride them relentlessly, not stopping until they cried.’
    • ‘For centuries women like me have been derided, scorned and ostracised.’
    • ‘The other parties have derided the proposal as a plan for a ‘fantasy island’.’
    • ‘Wall Street has derided the decision to merge, giving the boards of both companies a sharp surprise.’
    • ‘These questions are not meant to mock or deride anyone's beliefs.’
    • ‘Four years ago, they were derided for raising proposals to decriminalise cannabis.’
    • ‘Will the inane chatter so derided by blogging critics start to dry up?’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Scotland's newest soap opera has had a shaky start, derided by the critics for its wooden scripts and dull characters.’
    • ‘It is certainly not a quality that should be derided or dismissed as trite - it can be studied, and it can be learned.’
    • ‘Long derided by critics, he has fought artistic battles before.’
    • ‘Critics have derided the event as perpetuating a ‘tartan and shortbread’ image.’
    • ‘Some critics have derided his work as dumbed-down and self-aggrandising.’
    • ‘Critics deride him as a publicity hound and his combative character has alienated fellow lawyers in previous class actions.’
    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

/dəˈrīd//dəˈraɪd/