mockery

noun mock·ery \ ˈmä-k(ə-)rē , ˈmȯ- \
|Updated on: 26 Jul 2018

Definition of mockery

plural mockeries
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
3 a : 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 2b) imitation
  • makes a mockery of justice
4 : something ridiculously or impudently (see impudent 2) unsuitable
  • in her bitterness she felt that all rejoicing was mockery
  • —George Eliot

Examples of mockery in a Sentence

  1. His kind of personality invites mockery.

  2. the children's cruel mockery of each other

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First Known Use of mockery

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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MOCKERY Defined for English Language Learners

mockery

Definition of mockery for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

mockery

noun mock·ery \ ˈmä-kə-rē \

Definition of mockery for Students

plural mockeries
1 : 1ridicule
  • Her singing was the object of mockery.
2 : a bad imitation
  • a mockery of justice


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