Definition of derisive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈraɪsɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈraɪsɪv//
(less frequent derisory) Describing unpleasant traits
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unkind and showing that you think somebody/something is ridiculous She gave a short, derisive laugh. His voice was savagely derisive. See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits Word Originmid 17th cent.: from derision, on the pattern of the pair decision, decisive.
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