speak derisively

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Established organisers speak derisively of the number of band wagon-jumpers the industry has attracted.
Some in the private sector speak derisively about theories, as if theories are always so far removed from reality as to be nothing more than intellectual exercises.
Just curious: When writers to the Mailbag speak derisively of "the rich," to whom are they referring?
This was a woman who, in one breath, could speak derisively of the limitations in Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's theological cosmology and, at the same time, break into tears during the singing of "All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small." Sometimes, I felt she was in communion with every particle of the universe and was longing to take her infinitesimally small -- but undoubted -- place within it.