mockery

noun
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 2b) 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

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Still, Ansari’s comic mockery has gotten more precise since his tour last year, which broke down the world into woke people, Trump people and everyone else. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "Aziz Ansari Addresses Sexual Misconduct Accusation in ‘Right Now’," 9 July 2019 Ivanka Trump's role as unofficial diplomat at G-20 is under fire and inspiring photoshop mockery. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: Trump's rolling out the tanks," 3 July 2019 Roy Moore’s return Thursday to the political spotlight was met with groans from Republicans in Washington, a vow of opposition from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and mockery from President Donald Trump’s son on Twitter. al.com, "How the odds are stacked against Roy Moore," 21 June 2019 And it can alleviate hurt, annoyance, disrespect and mockery felt by many Native Americans. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: No reason not to change high school nicknames that are offensive or derogatory," 16 June 2019 And the Parthians, as some say, poured molten gold into his mouth in mockery. Andrea Frediani, National Geographic, "Money was not enough for Crassus, the richest man in Rome," 11 June 2019 The Dong is in one way a mockery of all those other lonely Byronic wanderers. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Sense Beneath Edward Lear’s Nonsense," 17 Apr. 2018 In a time when a congresswoman’s nondescript black jacket and coat can inspire mockery, that kind of equality can seem out of reach. Anna North, Vox, "America’s sexist obsession with what women politicians wear, explained," 3 Dec. 2018 According to reports at the time, Trump hoped his mockery of Sessions would humiliate him into resigning. Alex Ward, Vox, "Jeff Sessions is out as attorney general," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of mockery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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mockery

noun

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

mockery

noun
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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