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deride
used in The Mill on the Floss

2 uses
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Definition
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
  • Maggie seemed to be listening to a chorus of reproach and derision.
    1.7 — Book 1 Chapter 7 — Enter the Aunts and Uncles (69% in)
derision = treatment 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.)
  • _" exclaimed Tom, with a derisive laugh, for Tom had learned this omitted passage for his yesterday's lesson, and a young gentleman does not require an intimate or extensive acquaintance with Latin before he can feel the pitiable absurdity of a false quantity.
    2.1 — Book 2 Chapter 1 — Tom's "First Half" (84% in)

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