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deride
used in War and Peace

7 uses
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Definition
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
  • Napoleon was silent, still looking derisively at him and evidently not listening to him.
    Book Nine — 1812 (25% in)
derisively = with treatment as inferior and unworthy of respect
  • Whether he noticed the look of terror with which Pierre regarded that lifeless arm, or whether some other thought flitted across his dying brain, at any rate he glanced at the refractory arm, at Pierre's terror-stricken face, and again at the arm, and on his face a feeble, piteous smile appeared, quite out of keeping with his features, that seemed to deride his own helplessness.
    Book One — 1805 (75% in)
  • "I saw him myself," replied the man with a self-confident smile of derision.
    Book Three — 1805 (91% in)
  • With a childlike smile of embarrassment, doubt, and self-derision, which appeared on his face against his will, Pierre stood with his arms hanging down and legs apart, before his brother Rhetor, and awaited his further commands.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (18% in)
  • Bilibin was now at army headquarters in a diplomatic capacity, and though he wrote in French and used French jests and French idioms, he described the whole campaign with a fearless self-censure and self-derision genuinely Russian.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (36% in)
  • Four days ago in this room, Wintzingerode and Stein were deliberating," continued Napoleon with the same derisive and self-confident smile.
    Book Nine — 1812 (28% in)
  • A shrewd, kindly, yet subtly derisive expression lit up Kutuzov's podgy face.
    Book Ten — 1812 (45% in)

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