mockery

noun
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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According to reports at the time, Trump hoped his mockery of Sessions would humiliate him into resigning. Alex Ward, Vox, "Jeff Sessions is out as attorney general," 7 Nov. 2018 Now, this isn’t mockery — reading over Woods’ news conference transcripts for his three rounds, especially Saturday, the pages are littered with phrases like that. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "In attempting vintage comeback, how Tiger Woods came up short in 3rd round at Quail | Charlotte Observer," 5 May 2018 To see that commitment as no more than a grotesque mockery of what ought to be a joyful partnership is to assume that the women involved might have feelings, and to sympathize with those feelings. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Despite What Tucker Carlson Thinks, Women Aren't Something to Possess," 19 Mar. 2019 This is a waste of both good books and good shelf space, not to mention an invitation for mockery from any houseguest with a brain. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Please Stop Ruining Your Bookshelves with These Dumb Design Ideas," 12 Mar. 2019 Millie is an intensely Christian teenager who is often the subject of mockery in the town because of her weight. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, ""Dumplin'" Star Maddie Baillio on Shattering Stereotypes About Fat People and Playing Body-Positive Roles," 7 Dec. 2018 Decaying or burning forests make a mockery of laws aimed at reducing carbon emissions. Tom Mcclintock, WSJ, "Only Good Management Can Prevent Forest Fires," 17 Dec. 2018 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, Cincinnati.com, "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, Philly.com, "Where have all the musical ringtones gone?," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of mockery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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mockery

noun

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

mockery

noun
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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