Mockery definition

mŏkə-rē
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An object of scorn or ridicule.

Made a mockery of the rules.

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A mocking (in various senses)
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A person or thing receiving or deserving ridicule.
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A false, derisive, or impertinent imitation; travesty; burlesque.
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Vain or disappointing effort; futility.
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Mockery is ridicule or jokes at someone's expense, or imitating something in order to be funny, or a disappointing action.

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.

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The action of mocking; ridicule, derision.
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Something so lacking in necessary qualities as to inspire ridicule; a laughing-stock.
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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.

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Something ludicrously futile or unsuitable.

The few packages of food seemed a mockery in the face of such enormous destitution.

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Scornfully contemptuous ridicule; derision.
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A false, derisive, or impudent imitation.

The trial was a mockery of justice.

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A specific act of ridicule or derision.

The jester's many mockeries.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mockery
Plural:
mockeries

Origin of mockery

  • From Anglo-Norman mokerie, mokery, and Middle French mocquerie, moquerie, from moquer, moker (“to mock") + -erie (“-ery"), perhaps from Greek μωκός - mokos, "mocker".

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