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 All of the mockery of the other social platforms on the micro-blogging service might have been too much of a good thing. Peter Suciu, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 What started out as a mission to spread God's word turned into a scandal and years of public mockery for Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband and PTL co-founder Jim. Dana Rose Falcone,, 16 Sep. 2021 Harry and Meghan have been the target of media mockery for weeks over their insistence on privacy and their use of private jets, among other reasons. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2021 Her laughter contains a note of mockery and amusement. Erik Morse, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2021 Chuck Schumer has made a mockery of Robert Byrd’s reform. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2021 As Americans slug their way through a global pandemic, the polarizing fights over mask-wearing and vaccinations have made a mockery of the privacy argument at the heart of Roe v. Wade., 23 Sep. 2021 In 2010, Franken had to apologize for his mockery of McConnell (eye roll, gesticulating) during the Kentucky Republican’s speech opposing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2021 As ‘Shower to go’ illustrates, life-hack mockery has been a thriving genre for almost as long as life hacks have been one. Mirel Zaman,, 7 Sep. 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 21 Oct. 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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