derisive


derisive

adjective

  1. characterized by or expressing derision; contemptuous; mocking: derisive heckling.

adjective

  1. showing or characterized by derision; mocking; scornful
adj.

1620s, “characterized by derision,” from Latin deris-, past participle stem of deridere (see derision) + -ive. Meaning “ridiculous” is from 1896. Related: Derisively.

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