Adjective "deride" definition and examples

(Deride may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Express contempt for; ridicule.
  1. 'The painter proved once again yesterday that, while critics might deride it, the public can't get enough of his work.'
  2. 'Wall Street has derided the decision to merge, giving the boards of both companies a sharp surprise.'
  3. 'The other parties have derided the proposal as a plan for a ‘fantasy island’.'
  4. 'Will the inane chatter so derided by blogging critics start to dry up?'
  5. 'Many food trends have come and gone since she became famous, and she remained unmoved, deriding the anti-butterfat lobby and other bores.'
  6. 'Scotland's newest soap opera has had a shaky start, derided by the critics for its wooden scripts and dull characters.'
  7. 'These questions are not meant to mock or deride anyone's beliefs.'
  8. 'Critics have derided the event as perpetuating a ‘tartan and shortbread’ image.'
  9. 'Long derided by critics, he has fought artistic battles before.'
  10. 'Four years ago, they were derided for raising proposals to decriminalise cannabis.'

More definitions

1. to laugh at in scorn or contempt; scoff or jeer at; mock.

More examples(as adjective)

"people/places/organizations can be deride."

"people can be deride."


Mid 16th century: from Latin deridere ‘scoff at’.