deride

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v deride treat or speak of with contempt "He derided his student's attempt to solve the biggest problem in mathematics"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Deride To laugh at with contempt; to laugh to scorn; to turn to ridicule or make sport of; to mock; to scoff at. "And the Pharisees, also, . . . derided him.""Sport that wrinkled Care derides .
      And Laughter holding both his sides."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deride To laugh at in contempt; turn to ridicule or make sport of; mock; treat with scorn by laughter.
    • deride Synonyms Ridicule, etc. (see taunt), banter, rally, jeer, gibe, scout, scoff at, insult.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Deride de-rīd′ to laugh at: to mock
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Quotations

  • Winston Churchill
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    “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deridere, derisum,; de-, + ridre, to laugh. See Ridicule
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deridērede, inten., and ridēre, to laugh.

Usage

In literature:

There were in Sodom four judges, who were liars, and deriders of justice.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
In the first place, Lycaon derided their pious supplications.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
And do they not hate and deride me in the valley?
"The Holy Cross and Other Tales" by Eugene Field
The pirates were amusing themselves by taunting and deriding their prisoners, some in one language, some in another.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
Belleplain being their town, Bert and Anson swore by Belleplain, and correspondingly derided the claims of Boomtown.
"A Little Norsk; Or, Ol' Pap's Flaxen" by Hamlin Garland
Here am I, who turn up my nose at the popular gods, deriding my own private and particular gods in their very temples!
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
He was laughed and derided out of the esteem of the American people.
"Theft" by Jack London
Upon this they either silently wonder, or laugh and deride.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
These no one ever derided as wanting courage in battle, or blamed for their conduct towards their friends.
"The First Four Books of Xenophon's Anabasis" by Xenophon
For this is as the love of a god, which forsakes not, though its creatures revile, and blaspheme, and deride it.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
Friar, Chaucer's, 323, 325, 327 ff., Diderot's, 328, derided, 358, Langland's, 384, 429 ff., 435.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
You might have had the privilege, yourself, if you hadn't derided the name of Smith.
"Little Miss Grouch" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
You know how widely and how continuously, for generations, the Negro has been traduced, ridiculed, derided.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
To my mind, the man who derides it is, so far as his derision carries him, an ass.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
Does but deride the party buried.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
By the rulers of the nation He had been rejected and His claims derided.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
They fear the world will mock them and deride When they are stripped of all their golden state.
"The Inn of Dreams" by Olive Custance
If nations reject and deride that moral law, there is a penalty which will inevitably follow.
"The Ontario High School Reader" by A.E. Marty
She was glamorous with the material elegance that always ended by deriding him.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
The building has been derided, but it has the merit of a bold conception.
"The Strand District" by Sir Walter Besant
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In poetry:

Therefore deride not
Speech of the muses,
England my mother,
Maker of men.
"England My Mother" by William Watson
And if this love, though placed so,
From profane men you hide,
Which will no faith on this bestow,
Or, if they do, deride:
"The Undertaking" by John Donne
Lord, shall the wicked still deride
Thy justice and thy power?
Shall they advance their heads in pride,
And still thy saints devour?
"Psalm 10" by Isaac Watts
Like an old shoe
The sea spurns and the land abhors, you lie
About the beach of Time, till by and by
Death, that derides you too —
"There's A Regret" by William Ernest Henley
The Lord, that sits above the skies,
Derides their rage below;
He speaks with vengeance in His eyes
And strikes their spirits through.
"Psalm II: Why Did the Nations" by Isaac Watts
"Gold that my darling could not save,
That made my love derided,
Shall carry me home and dig my grave,
We'll not be in death divided."
"Keeping Tryst" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

With Mitt Romney giving a speech today in Detroit in which he's expected to again deride the auto bailout as "crony capitalism ," I thought it would be worth digging up some more of that speech.
Car enthusiasts often deride mainstream, popular cars as "appliances," saying they don't offer any driving fun.
When the youngest star of a mega-hit CBS sitcom finds religion and derides the show as "filth," prompting its previously-ousted lead to label the show " cursed ," it might be time for 'Two and a Half Men' to call it a day.
Many physicians who deride healthcare reform call it "Obamacare," just as disapproving non-healthcare professionals do.
Republican Rudy Giuliani once derided Hollywood in his Senate bid against Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Republicans have long derided Elizabeth Warren for describing herself as an intellectual godmother of Occupy Wall Street.
Scranton City Council members so regularly deride the University of Scranton for less than adequately supporting its home city, it would be easy to conclude the school pays no property taxes at all.
PITTSBURGH (AP) Unlike other buildings, religious structures can only be nominated for historic status by their owners under a new policy one councilman derided as the immaculate exception .
Health care delivered in the emergency room is often derided as expensive and inefficient, the source of our health spending woes.
Hatch derides Democrats' 'Thelma and Louise' fiscal strategy.
And critics quickly derided the debt-heavy deal as financially unwise.
Obama Phones His Support To Fluke, Law Student Limbaugh Derided.
Some leftists deride him as a lackey of the ruling classes, dishing up neo-liberal dogma to rich kids in a nation where a few powerful families still call most of the shots.
At the start of the crisis, Merkel was derided by the French as " Madame Non" for refusing to approve quick aid to southern euro zone stragglers and rebuffing demands for sweeping solutions like common euro zone bonds.
Dismissing it as a "million-dollar muskrat farm," state highway officials derided Louis Lunsford's dream of transforming marshland at the mouth of the Muskegon River into a memorial for Muskegon's dead from the "Great War.
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