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Derisory definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DERISORY, a. Mocking; ridiculing.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: incongruous;inviting ridicule; "the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework"; "that's a cockeyed idea"; "ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer"; "a contribution so small as to be laughable"; "it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion"; "a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history"; "her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous" [syn: absurd, cockeyed, derisory, idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1618 1. expressing derision ; derisive 2. worthy of derision; especially laughably small <land could be bought for a derisory sum>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 scoffing; ironical; scornful (derisory cheers). 2 so small or unimportant as to be ridiculous (derisory offer; derisory costs). Etymology: LL derisorius (as DERISION)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Derisory De*ri"so*ry, a. [L. derisorius: cf. F. d['e]risoire.] Derisive; mocking. --Shaftesbury.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. If you describe something such as an amount of money as derisory, you are emphasizing that it is so small or inadequate that it seems silly or not worth considering. She was being paid what I considered a derisory amount of money... ADJ [disapproval] 2. Derisory means the same as derisive. ...derisory remarks about the police. ADJ: usu ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. See derisive



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