derisory vs derisive : Common Errors in English

About derisory vs derisive

Although “derisory” and “derisive” can both mean “laughable,” there are sometimes subtle distinctions made between them. “Derisory” is most often used to mean “worthy of being laughed at,” especially in the sense “laughably inadequate”: “Ethan made a derisory effort to clean the cat box while talking on his cell phone.” Sneering laughter is usually described as “derisive.”You might more unusually speak of an effort as “derisive,” but most people would think it odd to use “derisory” to describe the tone of someone’s laughter.

derisory Meaning(s)

  • (s) incongruous;inviting ridicule

derisive Meaning(s)

  • (s) abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule

derisive in News

  1. Talent agency CAA mocked in ads by rival WME

    Talent agency Creative Artists Agency was the subject of a derisive advertising blitz by rival William Morris Endeavor on Tuesday.        
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Standard & Poor’s Lifts US Credit Outlook to ’Stable,’ USD/JPY Jumps

    Standard & Poor’s Financial Services, the only one of the three major US credit rating agencies, announced today that it had upgraded the United States’ sovereign debt outlook from ‘negative’ to ‘stable,’ the first alteration to the world’s largest economy’s credit rating since it lost its esteemed ‘AAA’ rating in August 2011. The downgrade, which prompted even more derisive politics of the US ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Daily FX

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