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. Burroughsb :  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

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First Known Use of mockery

15th century


MOCKERY Defined for English Language Learners

mockery

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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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