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[ mok-uh-ree ]


, 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.

    Synonyms: mimicry

  5. a mocking pretense; travesty:

    a mockery of justice.

  6. something absurdly or offensively inadequate or unfitting.


/ ˈmɒkərɪ /


  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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  • self-mocker·y noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of mockery1

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English moquerie, from Middle French; equivalent to mock + -ery

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Example Sentences

Rodimer entered just hours before the filing deadline, drawing some mockery from fellow Republicans.

Football coaches at all levels have made a mockery of mask-wearing, with the NFL imposing hefty fines on coaches who expose their noses and mouths and some college conferences threatening to dock schools up to $1 million.

It makes a mockery of those rules to say that misallocating funds to decorate your office, for example, is punishable, but seeking to undo an election and inciting rioters are not.

In its lawsuit, the Justice Department argues that Facebook's hiring practices made a mockery of these requirements.

Revel in mirth as Borat makes a mockery of a pair of rubes with a Don’t Tread on Me flag who were kind enough to take him in in the midst of the covid-19 epidemic!

The mockery comes from a place unburdened by history and untouched by the present.

Our mockery of celebworld helps us evade the soul-crushing decadence concealed within.

Martyrdom, in this context, being defined as “mockery, slander, ostracism.”

But this delightful book has much more than mockery on its mind.

I detected some mockery, the mockery of infidels, but I did not care.

He drew himself up, twisted his moustache, and met her eyes—they were rather sad and tired—with the roguish mockery of his own.

A mockery of a government—a disgrace to the office pretended to be held—a parody on the position assumed.

He did not like his cynical way of looking at things, nor understand his mockery of current morality.

He could not go further, for it seemed to him like mockery to suggest by way of comfort that fourteen years would come to an end.

For all your sneers and your mockery you've always known I loved you the way a man loves a decent woman.


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