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

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 Hundreds of thousands of Roma and Sinti people suffered prejudice, slave labour, sterilisation and mass murder simply because of their identity – these are not experiences for mockery. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 7 Feb. 2022 But even if Garcetti's behavior matched an overwhelming majority of those at SoFi Stadium, his explanation was still grist for mockery. NBC News, 3 Feb. 2022 Johnson, a deft performer with a gift for self-mockery, fares somewhat better. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 After last week’s loss to Mississippi State, which followed a loss to Arkansas, coach Jimbo Fisher’s new 10-year, $95 million contract was fodder for mockery. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 10 Oct. 2021 Hagar never did approach Roth’s leering voltage, and Hagar seemed to lack Roth’s gift for self-mockery. Kyle Smith, National Review, 6 Oct. 2020 At present, Ukrainian media often features a special kind of mockery in quotations of Russians speaking Russian — a kind of humor that is only possible from inside a linguistic community. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2022 And so his willingness to join in this not particularly daring act of self-mockery should surprise no one. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 19 Apr. 2022 This type of mockery of a US president, while occurring amid tense Saudi-US relations, isn’t a first. Abeer Salman, CNN, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for mockery


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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