2. [syn: derision, ridicule]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Derision \De*ri"sion\, n. [L. derisio: cf. F. d['e]rision. See
1. The act of deriding, or the state of being derided;
mockery; scornful or contemptuous treatment which holds
one up to ridicule.
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord
shall have them in derision. --Ps. ii. 4.
Satan beheld their plight,
And to his mates thus in derision called. --Milton.
2. An object of derision or scorn; a laughing-stock.
I was a derision to all my people. --Lam. iii.
Syn: Scorn; mockery; contempt; insult; ridicule.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: contemptuous laughter
2: the act of deriding or treating with contempt [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
22 Moby Thesaurus words for "derision":
burlesque, butt, caricature, contempt, contumely, disrespect, jest,
joke, lampoon, laughter, mock, mockery, pasquinade, pilgarlic,
raillery, ridicule, sarcasm, satire, scoffing, scorn, sport,