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 2b) 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

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By including them once again in the ‘not so bad’ category of serious reformers, the secretary-general makes a mockery of the whole exercise. Washington Post, "UN report: Conflicts kill and hurt a record 12,000 children," 29 July 2019 Florida Man is a microcosm of the way so many of us are struggling with the ethics of how to behave on the Internet, and how easily an ironic joke, multiplied by millions of shares, can begin to feel like freak-show mockery or viral cyberbullying. Author: Logan Hill, Anchorage Daily News, "Is it OK to laugh at Florida Man?," 16 July 2019 That makes a mockery of the carnage of that war, where at least 600,000 Americans were killed. John Blake, CNN, "There's a sobering truth to Trump's racist tweets that we don't like to admit," 15 July 2019 According to Carmen Gorgas, President Trump’s July Fourth parade was shameful and disgraceful and made a mockery of our Independence Day. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Rockies needs not being met; Battle for the bees; Prompted into historic gaffe; more responses (7/8/19)," 9 July 2019 Still, Ansari’s comic mockery has gotten more precise since his tour last year, which broke down the world into woke people, Trump people and everyone else. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "Aziz Ansari Addresses Sexual Misconduct Accusation in ‘Right Now’," 9 July 2019 Ivanka Trump's role as unofficial diplomat at G-20 is under fire and inspiring photoshop mockery. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: Trump's rolling out the tanks," 3 July 2019 Roy Moore’s return Thursday to the political spotlight was met with groans from Republicans in Washington, a vow of opposition from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and mockery from President Donald Trump’s son on Twitter., "How the odds are stacked against Roy Moore," 21 June 2019 And it can alleviate hurt, annoyance, disrespect and mockery felt by many Native Americans. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: No reason not to change high school nicknames that are offensive or derogatory," 16 June 2019

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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 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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