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DEREESHIN, Dereeshan, Dereesion, Dereshen, n. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. derision, which is also illustrated in these Sc. usages.

1. An object of ridicule; a ridiculous or foolish creature or thing (Sh.11 1949). Used as a term of contempt. In use in Eng. 16th–18th cent. Sh. 1906  T. P. Ollason Spindrift 44:
Is hit ony disgrace or wrang fir ta mak' da baest kirsen, doo boarn dereesion?
Sh. 1914  Angus Gl.:
Susdu whatn a derision av a bonnet Meggi is gotten on.
Sh. 1924  T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. III. 207:
I wonder what wid come o dis world if it wisna fur da weemen in it, to tak care an look efter an guide, yiss, an guide, dis dereeshans o men. [Vol. I. 68, dereesion; 130, dereeshin.]

2. A practical joke, a hoax. Ayr. 1822  Galt Provost xxx.:
We feared that the authors of the derision would be found out.

[Sense 1 prob. originates in the Biblical use, e.g. Psalm lxxix. 4.]

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"Dereeshin n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Jun 2019 <>



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