Definition of derision noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈrɪʒn//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈrɪʒn//
[uncountable] Describing unpleasant traits
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a strong feeling that somebody/something is ridiculous and not worth considering seriously, shown by laughing in an unkind way or by making unkind remarks synonym scorn Her speech was greeted with howls of derision. He became an object of universal derision. See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from late Latin derisio(n-), from deridere ‘scoff at’.Extra examples His mouth twisted in derision He snorted in derision. The speech was greeted with derision by opposition leaders. The statement was met with hoots of derision.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: derision