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used in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

4 uses
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to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
  • . . . the one thing I've tried to carry pure and unscathed through the sewer of this marriage; through the sick nights, and the pathetic, stupid days, through the derision and the laughter . . .
    3 — Act 3 (79% 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.)
  • (NICK laughs derisively) You disgust me on principle, and you're a smug son of a bitch personally, but I'm trying to give you a survival kit.
    2 — Act 2 (34% in)
  • GEORGE (Derisively) Oh, boy!
    2 — Act 2 (49% in)
  • NICK (Derisively) Oh, for God's sake ....
    3 — Act 3 (15% in)

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