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of a pretended serious look or act; also written [mock serious]'s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • "I am dubious," and Jack shook his head in a mock-serious way.

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
  • He wrote bantering, fantastic, mock-serious stories of the kind that were standardized by Mr. Dana's young men.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • Yoricks love of lists, of mock-serious discrimination, of inconsequential reasonings is here copied.

    Laurence Sterne in Germany Harvey Waterman Thayer
  • "Say that I claim it as an honour, Miss Hester," he answered, with a mock-serious bow.

    Shining Ferry

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • His satire of the Spasmodic School is contained in Firmilian , a mock-serious piece purporting to be by a member of the school.

    The Age of Tennyson

    Hugh Walker

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