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 Biden's Delaware tales have also set him up for mockery during this campaign. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Biden's hometown campaign brings spotlight and economic boost to tiny Wilmington, Delaware," 6 Oct. 2020 Not to mention having opened administrators to waves of criticism and mockery for their foolishness and mismanagement in trying to reopen in the first place. Charles Fishman, The Atlantic, "16 Weeks and 5 Days at the University of Arizona," 1 Oct. 2020 The first debate was full of mockery, name-calling and taunts. NBC News, "Trump's debate performance stokes fears among allies - and election officials," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent carnivals have featured mockery of and challenges to the city’s mayor, Marcelo Crivella, and the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro. Manuela Andreoni, New York Times, "The Carnival Parade Is Canceled, and Rio Is Reeling," 30 Sep. 2020 Trump’s executive order has sparked criticism and mockery from some teenagers, who say the app has helped entertain them with lighthearted content during the pandemic. Sarah Frier,, "TikTok Unveils U.S. Voter Guide Amid White House Battle," 29 Sep. 2020 Some commentators suggested the display of fireworks and neon around the palace seemed a mockery of public suffering. Washington Post, "Empty plazas, idle mariachis: For Mexico, a somber Independence Day," 16 Sep. 2020 For his efforts he was also branded as an enemy of Beijing, the target of constant mockery and ridicule by Chinese state media that continues today. Timothy Mclaughlin, Wired, "Hong Kong Is a Troubling Case Study in the Death of Democracy," 17 Sep. 2020 Despite his devotion to his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts (and its legendary Halloween celebration), Hubie is a figure of mockery for kids and adults alike. Derek Lawrence,, "Is Hubie Halloween the 'bad' movie Adam Sandler threatened to make? An EW investigation," 10 Sep. 2020

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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 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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