- imitating or burlesquing that which is heroic, as in manner, character, or action: mock-heroic dignity.
- 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.
- an imitation or burlesque of something heroic.
Origin of mock-heroic
First recorded in 1705–15
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Examples from the Web for mock-heroic
The ballads are mock-heroic, parodies of the ballads of chivalry.In a Little Town
Pope is seen at his best in his satires and epistles, and in the mock-heroic.Obiter Dicta
The hero of a mock-heroic poem supposed to have been written by Homer.Plutarch's Lives, Volume IV
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
- (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
- burlesque imitation of the heroic style or of a single work in this style
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