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mock-heroic

[mok-hi-roh-ik]
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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.
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noun
  1. an imitation or burlesque of something heroic.
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Origin of mock-heroic

First recorded in 1705–15
Related formsmock-he·ro·i·cal·ly, adverb
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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.

  • 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

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