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Word: derision

Definition: ridicule; ADJ. derisive; CF. derisory


Sentences Containing 'derision'

She looked at his two sisters, and saw them making signs of derision at each other, and at Darcy, who continued, however, imperturbably grave.
I concluded that he laughed in derision of my efforts, confident of his own resources.
Dutchy made such a poor success of it that he was hailed with laughter and derision every time his head appeared above water.
A malicious Quincy paper used always to refer to this town, in derision as`Stavely's Landing.'
Robert Macaire is the hero of two favorite melodramas``Chien de Montargis''and``Chiend'Aubry''and the name is applied to bold criminals as a term of derision.
It must, too, be unpleasant to him to observe, that the greater part of his students desert his lectures; or perhaps, attend upon them with plain enough marks of neglect, contempt, and derision.
The slightest degree of knowledge and application will enable him to do this, without exposing himself to contempt or derision, by saying any thing that is really foolish, absurd, or ridiculous.
Nay, you must watch, you must labour; overcome certain desires; quit your familiar friends, submit to be despised by your slave, to be held in derision by them that meet you, to take the lower place in all things, in office, in positions of authority, in courts of law.
He therefore concluded, like a just reasoner, that such an evidence carried falsehood upon the very face of it, and that a miracle, supported by any human testimony, was more properly a subject of derision than of argument.
"The gallows, ye mean.--I am immortal then, on land and on sea," cried Ahab, with a laugh of derision;--"Immortal on land and on sea!"

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