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deride
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Definition
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
  • Her brothers predictably balked at this and made derisive comments regarding the desirability of holding Hester's panties—under any circumstances.
    p. 123.1
  • It was not just that he was a better student, or a better driver, or so philosophically sure of himself; here was someone I had grown up with, and had grown used to teasing—I had picked him up over my head and passed him back and forth, I had derided his smallness as surely as the other children had— and yet, suddenly, by the time he was sixteen, he appeared in command.
    p. 290.4

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