• WordNet 3.6
    • adj derisory incongruous; inviting ridicule "the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework","that's a cockeyed idea","ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer","a contribution so small as to be laughable","it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion","a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history","her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Derisory Derisive; mocking.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • derisory Characterized by derision; mocking; ridiculing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Derisory mocking
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. derisorius,: cf. F. dérisoire,


In literature:

Confess," with accent a little derisory, "I startled you.
"Half A Chance" by Frederic S. Isham
The offer is, therefore, derisory.
"Essays in Liberalism" by Various
It is a contemptible and derisory gift for luck, like vituperative outcries.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
He tried to sell it, and the offers he received were quite derisory.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Again that gravely derisory face turned upon her.
"Helena's Path" by Anthony Hope
Steno was accused before the Quarantia and let off with a punishment which the Doge regarded as derisory.
"Venice and its Story" by Thomas Okey

In news:

Subsidies are often equated with handouts - a derisory term for sure.

In science:

Remark The terminology skeleton might seem somewhat derisory, since for finite trees the difference between the skeleton and the whole tree is just a finite number of points.
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting