(Der`e*lic"tion) n. [L. derelictio.]

1. The act of leaving with an intention not to reclaim or resume; an utter forsaking abandonment.

Cession or dereliction, actual or tacit, of other powers.

2. A neglect or omission as if by willful abandonment.

A total dereliction of military duties.
Sir W. Scott.

3. The state of being left or abandoned.

4. (Law) A retiring of the sea, occasioning a change of high-water mark, whereby land is gained.

(De`re*li"gion*ize) v. t. To make irreligious; to turn from religion. [R.]

He would dereligionize men beyond all others.
De Quincey.

(Dere"ling) n. Darling. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Dere"ling) n. Darling. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Derf) a. [Icel. djafr.] Strong; powerful; fierce. [Obs.] — Derf"ly, adv. [Obs.]

(De*ride") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Derided; p. pr. & vb. n. Deriding.] [L. deridere, derisum; de- + ridre to laugh. See Ridicule.] To laugh at with contempt; to laugh to scorn; to turn to ridicule or make sport of; to mock; to scoff at.

And the Pharisees, also, . . . derided him.
Luke xvi. 14.

Sport that wrinkled Care derides.
And Laughter holding both his sides.

Syn. — To mock; laugh at; ridicule; insult; taunt; jeer; banter; rally. — To Deride, Ridicule, Mock, Taunt. A man may ridicule without any unkindness of feeling; his object may be to correct; as, to ridicule the follies of the age. He who derides is actuated by a severe a contemptuous spirit; as, to deride one for his religious principles. To mock is stronger, and denotes open and scornful derision; as, to mock at sin. To taunt is to reproach with the keenest insult; as, to taunt one for his misfortunes. Ridicule consists more in words than in actions; derision and mockery evince themselves in actions as well as words; taunts are always expressed in words of extreme bitterness.

(De*rid"er) n. One who derides, or laughs at, another in contempt; a mocker; a scoffer.

(De*rid"ing*ly), adv. By way of derision or mockery.

(De*ri"sion) n. [L. derisio: cf. F. dérision. See Deride.]

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.

2. An object of derision or scorn; a laughing-stock.

I was a derision to all my people.
Lam. iii. 14.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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