c. 1400, from Old French derision "derision, mockery" (13c.), from Latin derisionem (nominative derisio), noun of action from past participle stem of deridere "ridicule," from de- "down" (see de-) + ridere "to laugh."
1. He tried to calm them, but was greeted with shouts of derision.
2. Her speech was greeted with howls of derision.
3. Americans speak with derision of those who are lazy.
4. He gave a snort of derision.
5. Children dread the derision of their playmates.