Learner's definition of DERISION
: the feeling that people express when they criticize and laugh at someone or something in an insulting way
yells of derision
The governor's plan was greeted with derision [=ridicule] by most journalists and pundits.
One of the students laughed/snorted in derision at my error.
The team's awful record has made it an object of derision in the league.
“Nerd” is a term of derision.
— derisive/dɪˈraɪsɪv/adjective,[more derisive; most derisive]