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deride (v.)

"laugh at in contempt, mock, ridicule, scorn by laughter," 1520s, from French derider, from Latin deridere "to ridicule, laugh to scorn," from de "down" (see de-) + ridere "to laugh" (see risible). Related: Derided; deriding.

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Definitions of deride from WordNet

deride (v.)
treat or speak of with contempt;
He derided his student's attempt to solve the biggest problem in mathematics
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