mock·​u·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌmä-kyə-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce mockumentary (audio) , -ˈmen-trē \
plural mockumentaries

Definition of mockumentary

: a facetious or satirical work (such as a film) presented in the style of a documentary

Examples of mockumentary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 24-minute movie lands somewhere between documentary and mockumentary. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Marc Jacobs Launches a Short Film About His Life During Lockdown," 14 Oct. 2020 In 2014, Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement made a hilarious mockumentary about a group of vampires sharing a house in New Zealand. Jennifer M. Wood, Wired, "The 15 TV Shows You Need to Binge This Fall," 23 Sep. 2020 This cult mockumentary follows a group of centuries-old vampires maneuvering the mundane quotidien tasks of modern life as housemates. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "35 Not-Too-Scary Halloween Movies for Scaredy Cats," 21 Sep. 2020 This Is Spinal Tap, or any kind of mockumentary, that to me is hysterical. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Comedian Who Went Viral During a Pandemic," 8 May 2020 Filmed as a shaky-cam mockumentary, the film is amusing not just for its f-bomb-throwing one-liners, but for its uncanny grasp of the deep state at its most shallow. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, "The 34 best political movies ever made," 23 Jan. 2020 With her sister Sara Foster, Erin created the TV series Barely Famous, a mockumentary of reality TV that first aired back in 2015 and became a VH1 cult classic. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Erin Foster Wore a Danielle Frankel Dress With a Statement Sleeve at Her New Year’s Eve Wedding in Nashville," 8 Jan. 2020 The mockumentary follows a group of high school juniors putting on a theatrical production of High School Musical. Helen Murphy,, "Ashley Tisdale and Her Husband Watch the High School Musical Movie Together for the First Time," 28 Dec. 2019 For Your Consideration As with any Christopher Guest film, much of the dialogue and plot of mockumentary For Your Consideration is improvised by the cast. Vogue, "The 15 Best Thanksgiving Movies You Totally Forgot Were Set on the Holiday," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mockumentary

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mockumentary

blend of mock and documentary

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The first known use of mockumentary was in 1965

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21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mockumentary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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