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deride
used in Lord of the Flies

4 uses
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Definition
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
  • Piggy once more was the center of social derision...
    p. 149.6
derision = ridicule (made fun of and treated as inferior and unworthy of respect)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
  • The derisive laughter that rose had fear in it and condemnation.
    p. 86.1
  • derisive = disrespectful (treating as inferior and unworthy of respect)

    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • Simon broke off and turned to Piggy who was looking at him with an expression of derisive incomprehension.
    p. 128.9
  • derisive = disrespectful (treating as inferior and unworthy of respect)

    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • The sniggering of the savages became a loud derisive jeer.
    p. 176.6
derisive = disrespectful (treating as inferior and unworthy of respect)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
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