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deride (di-RYD) verb tr.
To laugh at in scorn or contempt.
[From Latin deridere, from de- + ridere (to laugh). Other words that share the same root are ridiculous and risible.]
"At first, Mr. Feinberg, whose official title was special master, was derided as an arrogant Solomon, even though he was working on the fund with no compensation." David W. Chen; Special Master Steered a Program Through Its Many Curves; The New York Times; Jun 16, 2004.
"Mr. Hubbert's analysis was derided - until it turned out to be correct." Review: Warning to All Gas Guzzlers: Expect a Crude Awakening; Dallas Morning News (Texas); Jun 11, 2004.
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In the faces of men and women I see God. -Walt Whitman, poet (1819-1892)