De*ride"(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Derided; p. pr. & vb. n. Deriding.] [L. deridere, derisum; de- + ridre to laugh. See Ridicule.] To laugh at with contempt; to laugh to scorn; to turn to ridicule or make sport of; to mock; to scoff at.
And the Pharisees, also, . . . derided him.Luke xvi. 14.
Sport that wrinkled Care derides.Milton.
And Laughter holding both his sides.
Syn. -- To mock; laugh at; ridicule; insult; taunt; jeer; banter; rally. -- To Deride, Ridicule, Mock, Taunt. A man may ridicule without any unkindness of feeling; his object may be to correct; as, to
ridicule the follies of the age. He who derides is actuated by a severe a contemptuous spirit; as, to
deride one for his religious principles. To mock is stronger, and denotes open and scornful derision; as, to
mock at sin. To taunt is to reproach with the keenest insult; as, to
taunt one for his misfortunes. Ridicule consists more in words than in actions; derision and mockery evince themselves in actions as well as words; taunts are always expressed in words of extreme bitterness.
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