1. The act of deriding, or the state of being derided; mockery; scornful or contemptuous treatment which holds one up to ridicule.
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision. --Ps. ii. 4.
Satan beheld their plight,
And to his mates thus in derision called. --Milton.
2. An object of derision or scorn; a laughing-stock.
I was a derision to all my people. --Lam. iii. 14.
Syn: -- Scorn; mockery; contempt; insult; ridicule.
n 1: contemptuous laughter
2: the act of deriding or treating with contempt [syn: ridicule]