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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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 However, in a country where women are still bound by conservative ideas about modesty, the replacement of women with flying robots prompted widespread mockery — and in some cases, outrage. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "A Saudi fashion show skipped the models and showed dresses using drones," 7 June 2018 The phrasing of the tweet, which seemed to imply a real fear of witchcraft, has triggered a wave of mockery online. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The NRA's Warning About Witchcraft and Gun Control May Not Be as Bizarre as You Think," 17 June 2018 But the torrent of mockery directed at Ryan was much larger, possibly an order of magnitude larger than any that had visited his Twitter feed before. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Paul Ryan’s cheery Father’s Day message is not playing well amid the child detainment crisis," 17 June 2018 The man is a walking meme; our mockery or admiration of the Toronto rapper is forever buoyed to the top of our feeds. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "On Scorpion, Drake rages against the internet," 29 June 2018 Don Berna made a mockery of the process, using it as cover to strengthen his control of the city’s underworld. Steven Cohen, The New Republic, "Why Colombia Keeps Electing Presidents Tied to Murderers," 18 June 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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