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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
Related formsmock-he·ro·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of mock-heroic

  • 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.

  • Probably he had seen girls do this, in mock-heroic fashion, in some London court.

    Macleod of Dare

    William Black

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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