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noun, plural mock·er·ies.
  1. ridicule, contempt, or derision.
  2. a derisive, imitative action or speech.
  3. a subject or occasion of derision.
  4. an imitation, especially of a ridiculous or unsatisfactory kind.
  5. a mocking pretense; travesty: a mockery of justice.
  6. something absurdly or offensively inadequate or unfitting.
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Origin of mockery

1400–50; late Middle English moquerie < Middle French. See mock, -ery
Related formsself-mock·er·y, noun


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noun plural -eries
  1. ridicule, contempt, or derision
  2. a derisive action or comment
  3. an imitation or pretence, esp a derisive one
  4. a person or thing that is mocked
  5. a person, thing, or action that is inadequate or disappointing
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Word Origin and History for mockery


early 15c., from Old French moquerie "sneering, mockery, sarcasm" (13c.), from moquer (see mock (v.)).

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