mock·​ery | \ ˈmä-k(ə-)rē How to pronounce mockery (audio) , ˈmȯ- \
plural mockeries

Definition of mockery

1 : insulting or contemptuous action or speech : derision laying himself open to the jeers and mockeries of his rebellious subjects— E. A. Freeman
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
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 sense 1a) imitation makes a mockery of justice
4 : something ridiculously or impudently (see impudent sense 1) unsuitable in her bitterness she felt that all rejoicing was mockery— George Eliot

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Examples of mockery in a Sentence

His kind of personality invites mockery. the children's cruel mockery of each other
Recent Examples on the Web That’s a mockery of an election and a democratic process. Stéphanie Fillion, Forbes, "Arora Akanksha Is Done ‘Being Nice’ In Her Quest To Become U.N. Leader," 7 May 2021 In one group, one of the last posts was from a man who showed up before dawn at Kedren Health to stand in a line that probably never materialized, prompting merciless mockery from others. Erika D. Smith Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Johnson & Johnson eroded trust in all COVID-19 vaccines. Can it be rebuilt?," 1 May 2021 Unlike traditional art world gatekeepers who are skeptical about cryptoart, Datuna approaches NFTs without mockery. Anne Quito, Quartz, "The banana-eating artist from Art Basel says the NFT boom is a blessing," 30 Apr. 2021 The year before, Nixon had attended the race as president, and the mood of the country following the impeachment could be summed up in that rubber mockery. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Wild, weird and historic: The Kentucky Derby infield has served as a sign of the times," 27 Apr. 2021 But The Simpsons avoids noting the song’s prescience and chooses cheap mockery. Armond White, National Review, "The Simpsons Tries to Cancel Morrissey," 21 Apr. 2021 Completely intolerant of dissent—with mockery holding a special place of scorn—MBS has had critics harassed, kidnapped, and killed all over the world. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Twitter Is Enabling Saudi Arabia’s Brutal Crackdown on Dissent," 9 Apr. 2021 The result prompted an outcry in California that the net was cast too wide, and mockery on social media and right-wing news sites which decried political correctness gone awry. Jocelyn Gecker, USA TODAY, "San Francisco's Board of Education suspends plan to rename a third of city's public schools after backlash," 8 Apr. 2021 That the impression stuck was, at least in part, because Lingard was seen as fair game for mockery. New York Times, "Jesse Lingard and Tricks of the Light," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of mockery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mockery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mockery

: 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


mock·​ery | \ ˈmä-kə-rē How to pronounce mockery (audio) \
plural mockeries

Kids Definition of mockery

1 : ridicule entry 1 Her singing was the object of mockery.
2 : a bad imitation a mockery of justice

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