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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 of mockery
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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  • He might degrade Marcolina by mockery and lascivious phrases, full of innuendo.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • Then she fluttered a glance at him in which there was a gleam of mockery.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • "I am very thankful to you," she said, handing back the canteen; yet the words were spoken in mockery.

    My Lady of the North Randall Parrish
  • mockery is the share they choose in the motions of the life eternal!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • But it was not to this mockery of warfare with King George's warriors that the annoyance of the settlers was limited.

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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