derisive

[ dih-rahy-siv, -ris-iv ]SEE DEFINITION OF derisive
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There were those in the valley who viewed the Sabbath calm with a derisive smile.

They regarded him and his wife with derisive pity, tinged with anger.

The point was treated with contempt and some derisive laughter.

As he did so, from the path above him came a derisive laugh which set his blood boiling.

But there is no spur so galling as the derisive smile of a comely young woman.

At Lennon's quieting down the trader burst into a derisive laugh.

Slack ran for cover, but at the stairs waved a derisive gesture.

There was a derisive smile on young Prescott's face as he started to look.

Perhaps it was the derisive inflection on "book agent" that woke Albert.

White teeth glistened and he shrieked with derisive laughter.

WORD ORIGIN

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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