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English definition of “deride”

deride

verb [T] uk   /dɪˈraɪd/ formal us  
to laugh at someone or something in a way that shows you think they are stupid or of no value: He derided my singing as pathetic. This building, once derided by critics, is now a major tourist attraction.
(Definition of deride from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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