self-mockery

noun
self-mock·​ery | \ ˌself-ˈmä-k(ə-)rē How to pronounce self-mockery (audio) \
plural self-mockeries

Definition of self-mockery

: action or speech in which one mocks or makes fun of oneself : mockery of oneself Before he retired from baseball in 1954, Mr. Garagiola was acquiring a reputation as a popular after-dinner speaker in his native St. Louis, with an endearing quality of self-mockery.— Bart Barnes She directed a scathing self-mockery at her own talents, looks, and intellectual efforts …— Jean Strouse

Other Words from self-mockery

self-mocking \ ˌself-​ˈmä-​kiŋ How to pronounce self-mocking (audio) \ adjective
self-mocking humor a self-mocking smile/laugh the author's self-mocking tone

First Known Use of self-mockery

1657, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-mockery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-mockery. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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