derisive derisive  /də ˈrɪ sɪv/


  • (adj) abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule



  1. He wandered through a derisive, if desultory, critique of Dick Cheney, then switched gears.
  2. With a soul both pensive and explosive, equally capable of derisive laughter and hot tears, Leslie is all man-woman.
  3. At first, blacks were invisible; when they were allowed to be seen, it was mostly as derisive comic relief.


  • James Harden Mocked the OKC Thunder for Drafting Steven Adams

    Former OKC Thunder and current Houston Rockets star James Harden found the Thunder’s decision to draft Steven Adams with the 12th pick hilarious. Once the Internet reaction grew too big, Harden appeared to delete his derisive tweet , and pretended it never happened . Tsk, tsk, tsk, … Per the Sporting News : “Looks like Houston Rockets guard James Harden wasn’t too impressed with his former team ...
    on June 28, 2013     Source: Slam


  1. Obama said the United States was partly to blame because "there have been times where America's shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive" toward Europe.
    on Apr 3, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: ABC News

  2. Bevan wrote, "Many conservatives have long since deemed McCain's immigration proposal 'shamnesty,' a derisive term meant to conjure up unfavorable comparisons with the dreaded Simpson-Mazzoli bill of 1986."
    on Mar 20, 2007 By: Bevan Source: PR Newswire (press release)

  3. Its chairman, Conservative Edward Leigh, said: "The people left hanging on the phone would no doubt have met with derisive laughter the claim by the DWP that it was modernising the delivery of welfare benefits. It is essential that recent...
    on Nov 1, 2006 By: Edward Leigh Source: BBC News

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