[ mok-hi-roh-ik ]
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  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.

  1. an imitation or burlesque of something heroic.

Origin of mock-heroic

First recorded in 1705–15

Other words from mock-heroic

  • mock-he·ro·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby mock-heroic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mock-heroic in a sentence

  • Even Joe smiled once or twice when Boone, in a mock heroic manner alluded to his exploits among the wolves.

    Wild Western Scenes | John Beauchamp Jones
  • 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
  • Except in burlesque or mock-heroic styles, dignified subjects should not be likened to what is trifling or low.

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

    Days and Nights in London | J. Ewing Ritchie
  • The two latter personages have been already damaged by the mock heroic description of them in the introduction.

    Protagoras | Plato

British Dictionary definitions for mock-heroic


  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

  1. burlesque imitation of the heroic style or of a single work in this style

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