[ mok-uh-ree ]
/ ˈmɒk ə ri /

noun, plural mock·er·ies.

ridicule, contempt, or derision.
a derisive, imitative action or speech.
a subject or occasion of derision.
an imitation, especially of a ridiculous or unsatisfactory kind.
a mocking pretense; travesty: a mockery of justice.
something absurdly or offensively inadequate or unfitting.

Nearby words

  1. mockado,
  2. mocker,
  3. mockernut,
  4. mockernut hickory,
  5. mockers,
  6. mocking,
  7. mockingbird,
  8. mockney,
  9. mocktail,
  10. mockumentary

Origin of mockery

1400–50; late Middle English moquerie < Middle French. See mock, -ery

Related formsself-mock·er·y, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mockery


/ (ˈmɒkərɪ) /

noun plural -eries

ridicule, contempt, or derision
a derisive action or comment
an imitation or pretence, esp a derisive one
a person or thing that is mocked
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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper