- Expressing or characterized by derision; mocking; ridiculing.
- The critic's review of the film was derisive.
- Deserving or provoking derision or ridicule.
- The plot of the film was so derisive that the audience began to jeer.
- (expressing or characterized by derision): mocking, ridiculing, scornful, disdainful
- (deserving or provoking derision): ridiculous
expressing or characterized by derision; mocking
deserving or provoking derision
derisive (plural derisives)
- (rare) A derisive remark.
- 1894, Samuel Rutherford Crockett, The Stickit Minister: And Some Common Men, page 173:
- The three lambs stood at bay, huddled close together, and helplessly bleated feeble derisives at the wolf who has headed them off from safety; but their polite and Englishy tone was a source of Homeric laughter to this Thersites of the Pleasance.
- 1962, Homer Floyd Fansler, History of Tucker County, West Virginia, page 192:
- He leaped over the embankment at the river's edge in such a manner that it appeared he had been fatally hit and was down for good; the Yankees shouting such derisives as "Another damn Rebel for hell," "Goodbye, you Rebel bastard," etc., didn't go right away to rob the corpse.
- 2017, Bogdadn Lesnik, Countering Discrimination in Social Work:
- Indeed, the power inherent in the labels attributed to them has repeatedly transformed these terms from allegedly scientific ones into colloquial derisives.
- derisive in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.