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deride
used in Kidnapped

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Definition
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
  • Thereupon the captain ascended the ladder; and I ... beheld Mr. Riach turn after him and bow as low as to his knees in what was plainly a spirit of derision.
    Chapter 7 (44% 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.)
  • To be sure, I would tell him how kindly I had myself been used upon that dry land he was so much afraid of, and how well fed and carefully taught both by my friends and my parents: and if he had been recently hurt, he would weep bitterly and swear to run away; but if he was in his usual crackbrain humour, or (still more) if he had had a glass of spirits in the roundhouse, he would deride the notion.
    Chapter 7 (83% in)

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