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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: deridere, from ridere 'to laugh'

deride

verb
     
de‧ride [transitive] formal
to make remarks or jokes that show you think someone or something is silly or useless [= mock]:
You shouldn't deride their efforts.
deride somebody as something
The party was derided as totally lacking in ideas.

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