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Critics derided her as unprofessional.
  laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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derision derided deride derisive derisively deriding derides derisible
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  • Critics derided her as unprofessional.
  • He derided his student’s attempt to solve the biggest problem in mathematics
  • The famous "holy club" was formed by John’s younger brother, Charles Wesley, and some fellow students, derisively called "Methodists" because of their methodical habits.
    John Wesley - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • The train clacketed through pine forests and honked derisively at a gaily painted bell-funneled museum piece sidetracked in a clearing.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • they admire the clarity of his wit, the fine edge of insult and derision.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Hermione laughed derisively.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Putting all the derision he could into his voice, he jeered, "How did you like being shot?"
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • He gave a short, derisive laugh.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Usually, she could will herself to absorb Mariam’s derision and finger-pointing.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • had to endure the derisive glances
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • Piggy once more was the center of social derision...
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Napoleon was silent, still looking derisively at him and evidently not listening to him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • they broke into derisive laughter.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • He flushed hotly under the derisive grins of the bulldozer drivers.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • I saw the derision on their faces,
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • It was a derisive sort of cough, the kind of noise someone might make who was trying not to laugh out loud.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • To conjure tears up in a poor maid’s eyes with your derision!
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • the name is applied to bold criminals as a term of derision.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • ...they derided the greenhorns ignorance in mistaking the animal he killed for a moose.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • "I’m a pilot, you son of a ..."

    "I will overlook your derisive language to a superior officer."
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Upon the top of the car was a brakeman, who shook his fist and swore; Jurgis waved his hand derisively, and started across the country.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • ...and at such moments his heart went out to the lonely, derided heretic on the screen, sole guardian of truth and sanity in a world of lies.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I couldn’t bear their sympathy or their good-humored derision.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Through the open door came the thuds and occasional clangs of a horseshoe game, and now and then the sound of voices raised in approval or derision.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • Teabing stared at her for several seconds and scoffed derisively.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • There was a hint of derision in her voice,
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Tom withered him with derision!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • There was a stirring in the crowd, a few hoots of derision, but Kennedy smiled.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • ...what was unmistakably a derisive laugh.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • "—did I say they did?" said Cassy, with a smile of chilling derision.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The Jew stood before him, expecting another handful of derision, but he watched with everyone else as Hans Hubermann held his hand out and presented a piece of bread, like magic.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • After receiving the charge with every mark of derision, the pupils...
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • ...deriding and ridiculing all Mr. Heathcliff’s assertions about his son,
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • He kept the chaplain in a constant state of terror with his curt, derisive tongue...
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The singing words mocked him derisively.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • ...laughed the stranger, with a solemnly derisive sort of laugh.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He remembered afterward, with a grim flash of self-derision, what...
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • It would now be he who could laugh and shoot the shafts of derision.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • asked Silver derisively.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • The veterans found in this a new source of derision.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • in derision, and using the language of the Lenape, as more intelligible to the subject of her gibes, she commenced aloud:
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • "Just as if every big bird must be an eagle!" replied Ernest, in a tone of derision.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • ...the orphanage nuns who had derided and beaten him?
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Lindy’s tone is derisive as she passes back copies of the Tuttle homecoming court ballot.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • "Visitor for you, Dustfinger," he announced derisively as he lit the lantern.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • He could see Vanir standing over him with a derisive sneer.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Several times he had derided Christianity and called it un-Japanese.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Then he began to laugh derisively and scornfully.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Hallorann laughed derisively.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • it struck the royalist journals as amusing; and they derided the prescribed man well on this occasion.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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