mock·​ery ˈmä-k(ə-)rē How to pronounce mockery (audio)
plural mockeries
: insulting or contemptuous action or speech : derision
laying himself open to the jeers and mockeries of his rebellious subjectsE. A. Freeman
: a subject of laughter, derision, or sport
making him turn himself into a merry mockery of all he had once held dearO. St. John Gogarty
: a counterfeit appearance : imitation
if it was not a man it was a huge and grotesque mockery of manE. R. Burroughs
: an insincere, contemptible, or impertinent (see impertinent sense 1a) imitation
makes a mockery of justice
: something ridiculously or impudently (see impudent sense 1) unsuitable
in her bitterness she felt that all rejoicing was mockeryGeorge Eliot

Examples of mockery in a Sentence

His kind of personality invites mockery. the children's cruel mockery of each other
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mockery was in the 15th century

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“Mockery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


mock·​ery ˈmäk-(ə-)rē How to pronounce mockery (audio)
plural mockeries
: insulting action or speech
: someone or something that is laughed at
: a ridiculous or poor imitation

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