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used in The Fountainhead

9 uses
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to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
  • had to endure the derisive glances
    1.11 — Part 1 Chapter 11 (97% in)
derisive = showing contempt and ridicule (lack of respect and making fun of)

(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.)
  • He aroused a half-admiring, half-derisive awe by the incoherent variety of his sudden ventures.
    1.14 — Part 1 Chapter 14 (51% in)
  • Then Toohey said slowly, strangely, derisively: "You and I, we're going to be great friends, Peter.
    2.3 — Part 2 Chapter 3 (83% in)
  • She wished she could find some hint in his face, if only a hint of his old derisive smile; even mockery would be an acknowledgment and a tie; she found nothing.
    2.6 — Part 2 Chapter 6 (58% in)
  • When Joel Sutton left him, Roark heard a bright voice saying: "Congratulations, Howard," and turned to find Peter Keating smiling at him radiantly and derisively.
    2.6 — Part 2 Chapter 6 (72% in)
  • She waited to see the derisive smile, but it did not come.
    2.7 — Part 2 Chapter 7 (73% in)
  • Then she saw a movement in the cloth of his shirt, one jolt of controlled breath—and she smiled in her turn, derisively, as he had always smiled at her.
    2.7 — Part 2 Chapter 7 (89% in)
  • He smiled, a faint smile of derision.
    3.1 — Part 3 Chapter 1 (92% in)
  • He laughed aloud; it was not derision or indignation; just pure gaiety greeting the point of a silly joke.
    3.9 — Part 3 Chapter 9 (65% in)

There are no more uses of "deride" in The Fountainhead.

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