- When someone has a really strong accent and you make fun of him by imitating that accent and making it even more ridiculously extreme, this is an example of mockery.
- A parody of a soap opera that makes fun of how seriously it takes itself is an example of a mockery.
- When you are extremely unlucky and never win anything, this is an example of a time when buying a lottery ticket is mockery.
Mockery is ridicule or jokes at someone's expense, or imitating something in order to be funny, or a disappointing action.
- a mocking (in various senses)
- a person or thing receiving or deserving ridicule
- a false, derisive, or impertinent imitation; travesty; burlesque
- vain or disappointing effort; futility
Origin of mockeryMiddle English moquerye from Old French moquerie
- Scornfully contemptuous ridicule; derision.
- A specific act of ridicule or derision: the jester's many mockeries.
- An object of scorn or ridicule: made a mockery of the rules.
- A false, derisive, or impudent imitation: The trial was a mockery of justice.
- Something ludicrously futile or unsuitable: The few packages of food seemed a mockery in the face of such enormous destitution.
- The action of mocking; ridicule, derision.
- Something so lacking in necessary qualities as to inspire ridicule; a laughing-stock.
- Mimicry, imitation, now usually in a derogatory sense; a travesty, a ridiculous simulacrum.
- The defendant wasn't allowed to speak at his own trial - it was a mockery of justice.
- We often use make a mockery of someone or something, meaning to mock them. See also Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take
From Anglo-Norman mokerie, mokery, and Middle French mocquerie, moquerie, from moquer, moker (“to mock") + -erie (“-ery"), perhaps from Greek Î¼Ï‰ÎºÏŒÏ‚ - mokos, "mocker".