mockery

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noun mock·ery \ˈmä-k(ə-)rē, ˈmȯ-\

Definition of mockery

plural

mockeries

  1. 1 :  insulting or contemptuous action or speech :  derision <laying himself open to the jeers and mockeries of his rebellious subjects — E. A. Freeman>

  2. 2 :  a subject of laughter, derision, or sport <making him turn himself into a merry mockery of all he had once held dear — O. St. John Gogarty>

  3. 3a :  a counterfeit appearance :  imitation <if it was not a man it was a huge and grotesque mockery of man — E. R. Burroughs>b :  an insincere, contemptible, or impertinent (see impertinent 2b) imitation <makes a mockery of justice>

  4. 4 :  something ridiculously or impudently (see impudent 2) unsuitable <in her bitterness she felt that all rejoicing was mockery — George Eliot>

Examples of mockery in a sentence

  1. His kind of personality invites mockery.

  2. the children's cruel mockery of each other

15th Century

First Known Use of mockery

15th century


MOCKERY Defined for English Language Learners

mockery

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noun mock·ery \ˈmä-k(ə-)rē, ˈmȯ-\

Definition of mockery for English Language Learners

  • : behavior or speech that makes fun of someone or something in a hurtful way : mocking behavior or speech

  • : a bad or useless copy of something


MOCKERY Defined for Kids

mockery

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noun mock·ery \ˈmä-kə-rē\

Definition of mockery for Students

plural

mockeries

  1. 1 :  1ridicule <Her singing was the object of mockery.>

  2. 2 :  a bad imitation <a mockery of justice>



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