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mockery

[mok-uh-ree] /ˈmɒk ə ri/
noun, plural mockeries.
1.
ridicule, contempt, or derision.
2.
a derisive, imitative action or speech.
3.
a subject or occasion of derision.
4.
an imitation, especially of a ridiculous or unsatisfactory kind.
5.
a mocking pretense; travesty:
a mockery of justice.
6.
something absurdly or offensively inadequate or unfitting.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English moquerie < Middle French. See mock, -ery
Related forms
self-mockery, noun
Synonyms
4. mimicry.
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Examples from the web for mockery
  • Its lingua franca was parody, but playful mockery was never its aim.
  • The actual evidence makes a mockery of your gullibility.
  • Not only did it make a mockery of free-software principles, but it threatened the community's common-defense strategy.
  • My guess, not having yet seen it, is that it remains mockery.
  • It makes a mockery of tax collection, and so undermines good government.
  • Those who dish out propaganda deserve to dine on mockery.
  • Fear of the big began to mix with mockery of the small.
  • The videotaped revelations make a mockery of the claim.
  • The mockery you take is equal to the mockery you make.
  • If irony has taught us anything, it's that nothing exists in a vacuum safe from mockery.
British Dictionary definitions for mockery

mockery

/ˈmɒkərɪ/
noun (pl) -eries
1.
ridicule, contempt, or derision
2.
a derisive action or comment
3.
an imitation or pretence, esp a derisive one
4.
a person or thing that is mocked
5.
a person, thing, or action that is inadequate or disappointing
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Word Origin and History for mockery
n.

early 15c., from Old French moquerie "sneering, mockery, sarcasm" (13c.), from moquer (see mock (v.)).

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