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deride
used in Pygmalion

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Definition
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
  • He storms and bullies and derides; but she stands up to him so ruthlessly that the Colonel has to ask her from time to time to be kinder to Higgins;
    Act 5 (98% in)
derides = treats as inferior and unworthy of respect
  • When it arrived, it contained nothing but a savagely derisive attack on a professor of language and literature whose chair Sweet regarded as proper to a phonetic expert only.
    Preface (24% in)
  • But the Colonel, after making the ends meet over and over again, at last gently insisted; and Eliza, humbled to the dust by having to beg from him so often, and stung by the uproarious derision of Higgins, to whom the notion of Freddy succeeding at anything was a joke that never palled, grasped the fact that business, like phonetics, has to be learned.
    Act 5 (92% in)

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