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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The Syrian regime has routinely committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, making a mockery of international hopes to protect civilians against atrocities. Anthony Dworkin, Washington Post, "A view of Syria’s civil war, from Assad’s inner circle," 30 Aug. 2019 That this makes a mockery of the law goes without saying. The Editors, National Review, "The Right Move on Food Stamps," 25 July 2019 There’s a character on The Righteous Gemstones who’s gone off to LA to make it in the movies, and who has now come back to some degree of mockery from his family. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Danny McBride and John Goodman on God, capitalism, and wearing cool pinkie rings," 16 Aug. 2019 Trash talk about sports, politics, and much else besides is allowed — even encouraged — but at no point are the participants permitted to leave the realm of mockery and to become genuinely upset with one another. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, "American Dive Bars," 22 Aug. 2019 The remark was one of several from local residents who reacted with a mixture of mockery and anger to the reports, which originated with a report by in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday. NBC News, "Greenlanders mock reports that President Trump wants to buy Greenland," 16 Aug. 2019 Female goalkeepers have long been the subject of mockery by those who wish to pour scorn on the women's game, but goalkeeping standards have undoubtedly improved in recent years. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Women's World Cup: Record-breaking feats, empty seats -- the story so far," 21 June 2019 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

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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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