1. The act of ridiculing or laughing at someone or something.
2. A state of being derided: Members of the board held the proposal in derision.
[Middle English derisioun, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin dērīsiō, dērīsiōn-, from Latin dērīsus, past participle of dērīdēre, to deride; see DERIDE.]
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