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deride
used in Babbitt

2 uses
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Definition
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
  • Under this derision Babbitt became more matter-of-fact.
    Chapter 33 (36% in)
derision = critical disrespect — typically while laughing at or making fun of

(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.)
  • She sat in a rocker amid a debris of candy-boxes and cheap magazines, and she sounded dolorous when she did not sound derisive.
    Chapter 20 (72% in)

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