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deride
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
  • ...laughed the stranger, with a solemnly derisive sort of laugh.
    Chapters 19-21 — The Prophet; All Astir; Going Aboard (12% in)
derisive = 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.)
  • As for Derick, he seemed quite confident that this would be the case, and occasionally with a deriding gesture shook his lamp-feeder at the other boats.
    Chapters 79-81 — The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (46% in)
  • —I am immortal then, on land and on sea," cried Ahab, with a laugh of derision;—"Immortal on land and on sea!"
    Chapters 115-117 — The Pequod Meets The Bachelor; The Dying Whale; The Whale Watch (98% in)

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