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(Entry 1 of 3)

1 to copy or exaggerate (someone or something) in order to make fun of
  • team members good-naturedly mocked the coach's familiar bellow

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2 to make (someone or something) the object of unkind laughter
  • the fashion gurus loved to mock the famous couple for their unsophisticated clothes

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Synonyms & Antonyms of mock (Entry 2 of 3)

1 being such in appearance only and made with or manufactured from usually cheaper materials
  • mock turtle soup

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Synonyms & Antonyms of mock (Entry 3 of 3)

1 a person or thing that is made fun of
  • they made a mock of the new recruit in front of the whole unit

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2 something that is made to look exactly like something else
  • obviously, the "priceless" Grecian urn that is destroyed in the movie was a mock

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Frequently Asked Questions About mock

How is the word mock distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of mock are ape, copy, imitate, and mimic. While all these words mean "to make something so that it resembles an existing thing," mock usually implies imitation with derision.

mocking a vain man's pompous manner

When is ape a more appropriate choice than mock?

The synonyms ape and mock are sometimes interchangeable, but ape may suggest presumptuous, slavish, or inept imitating of a superior original.

American fashion designers aped their European colleagues

When would copy be a good substitute for mock?

While the synonyms copy and mock are close in meaning, copy suggests duplicating an original as nearly as possible.

copied the painting and sold the fake as an original

Where would imitate be a reasonable alternative to mock?

Although the words imitate and mock have much in common, imitate suggests following a model or a pattern but may allow for some variation.

imitate a poet's style

When is it sensible to use mimic instead of mock?

While in some cases nearly identical to mock, mimic implies a close copying (as of voice or mannerism) often for fun, ridicule, or lifelike imitation.

pupils mimicking their teacher

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The first known use of mock was in the 15th century

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“Mock.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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