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mock-heroic

[mok-hi-roh-ik] /ˈmɒk hɪˈroʊ ɪk/
adjective
1.
imitating or burlesquing that which is heroic, as in manner, character, or action:
mock-heroic dignity.
2.
of or relating to a form of satire in which trivial subjects, characters, and events are treated in the ceremonious manner and with the elevated language and elaborate devices characteristic of the heroic style.
noun
3.
an imitation or burlesque of something heroic.
Origin of mock-heroic
1705-1715
First recorded in 1705-15
Related forms
mock-heroically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for mock-heroic
Historical Examples
  • The ballads are mock-heroic, parodies of the ballads of chivalry.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Pope is seen at his best in his satires and epistles, and in the mock-heroic.

    Obiter Dicta Augustine Birrell
  • The hero of a mock-heroic poem supposed to have been written by Homer.

  • Then he went on to speak in a mock-heroic style of the rights of women.

    Days and Nights in London J. Ewing Ritchie
  • Probably he had seen girls do this, in mock-heroic fashion, in some London court.

    Macleod of Dare William Black
  • To amuse himself, when professor of rhetoric, he wrote his mock-heroic of the battle of the frogs and mice, "Batrachomyomachia."

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • But in pure comedy, mixed with farce and mock-heroic parody, he belongs to the school of "rare Ben."

  • He was perhaps playing now to cheer May up, for he delivered this in a mock-heroic style, with an absurd gesture.

    Love in a Cloud

    Arlo Bates
  • The "Rape of the Lock" is his most successful effort, and is the best of all mock-heroic poems.

    The World's Best Books Frank Parsons
  • Except in burlesque or mock-heroic styles, dignified subjects should not be likened to what is trifling or low.

British Dictionary definitions for mock-heroic

mock-heroic

adjective
1.
(of a literary work, esp a poem) imitating the style of heroic poetry in order to satirize an unheroic subject, as in Pope's The Rape of the Lock
noun
2.
burlesque imitation of the heroic style or of a single work in this style
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