mock·​ery | \ˈmä-k(ə-)rē, 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 2b) imitation makes a mockery of justice

4 : something ridiculously or impudently (see impudent sense 2) 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

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Rather, 4-0 final score Saturday night wasn't meant to be a mockery of the Kickers as much as Cincinnati showcasing its offensive capabilities for the rest of the United Soccer League. Charlie Hatch,, "FC Cincinnati's 4-0 rout over Richmond showed the USL its offensive capabilities," 17 June 2018 But hip hop moved on; Jay Z called for the death of that rap era; T-Pain, once called the king of ringtones, grappled with sudden, widespread mockery. Cassie Owens,, "Where have all the musical ringtones gone?," 24 May 2018 The Browns, 1-31 over the last two seasons, made a mockery of a lot of mock drafts, taking an unconventional approach to curing their ills. Sam Farmer,, "Cleveland Browns make two surprising picks, taking Mayfield with the first and Ohio State's Ward with the fourth," 27 Apr. 2018 By Monday morning, that tweet with its accompanying photo had incited more than 9,000 comments, including this very pointed one dripping with mockery from the official Twitter account for the city of Kansas City, Mo. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Brooklyn barbecue taking over the world? Kansas City, Memphis, Texas strike back | The Kansas City Star," 5 Mar. 2018 The cheering, hooting progressive crowds clamoring for more mockery and more derision are hardly yearning for dialogue. David French, National Review, "Does the Left Lose because It’s Too Civil?," 23 Jan. 2018 Lei began introducing new products wearing Jobs’ signature black tee and stonewashed jeans, inviting mockery from some corners of the tech world. Charlie Cambell/beijing, Time, "Lei Jun Wants to Be China’s Answer to Steve Jobs. But Trump’s Trade War Is Getting In His Way," 12 July 2018 Another, Fifi Abdou, an Egyptian national treasure viewed with both affection and mockery for her boisterous personality, has been reincarnated in retirement thanks to social media. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Foreign Belly Dancers? Egyptians Shake Their Heads (and Hips)," 8 July 2018 That helped spark the hashtag #SecondCivilWar, which then morphed into mockery with #SecondCivilWarLetters. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "#SecondCivilWarLetters: Alex Jones conspiracy theory sparks viral joke," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of mockery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
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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