If people are laughing at you, making fun of you, and acting as if you're worthless, they're treating you with derision. Derision is mean and attacking — it's a form of contempt.

Derision is more than just making fun of someone — it's mocking someone so forcefully and with such venom that you discredit the person completely. Derision can include literally laughing at someone or just treating a person like a joke. You know how celebrities and politicians do embarrassing things from time to time? They're usually treated with derision afterward: people mock them, treat them with contempt, and try to make the person who messed up seem completely worthless.

Definitions of derision

n the act of deriding or treating with contempt

the act of mocking or ridiculing
Type of:
discourtesy, offence, offense, offensive activity
a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others

n contemptuous laughter

jeer, jeering, mockery, scoff, scoffing
showing your contempt by derision
put-down, squelch, squelcher, takedown
a crushing remark
befooling, stultification
derision of someone or something as foolish or absurd or inconsistent
Type of:
discourtesy, disrespect
an expression of lack of respect

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