- 1Tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous manner: he mocks them as Washington insidersMore example sentences
- We laughed, we mocked, we teased, we made fun of each other, we made fun of strangers.
- Later, he had party members laughing as he mocked the premier's economic recovery plan.
- I worked in talkback radio for several years and when the microphone is off, people like him are openly mocked and laughed at by the hosts.
- 1.1Make (something) seem laughably unreal or impossible: at Christmas, arguments and friction mock our pretense of peaceMore example sentences
- But if the past is any guide, the left will succeed once again in blocking the nomination of a minority judicial candidate whose success mocks their mantra that minorities can't make it in America.
- It mocks principles of justice, including basic norms of fairness, as well the underlying basis of contract law, which is the orderly regulation and development of commercial life.
- This is the time to decide whether this country and, by logical extension, the fate of the world should be in the hands of a leader whose essential mode of governance mocks the ideals of a free society.
- 1.2Mimic (someone or something) scornfully or contemptuously.More example sentences
- When he looked up, he saw Kerna mocking him, imitating a woman drinking tea on the same log before the thicket.
- I mimicked the innocent grin she displayed herself moments ago, mocking her now displeased demeanor.
- The children burst out laughing when she mocked the way some people took food, comparing it to the cows chewing its cud.
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- 1Not authentic or real, but without the intention to deceive: a mock-Georgian red brick house Jim threw up his hands in mock horrorMore example sentences
- As the cop turns to leave, the punk's screams change from mock protest to real anger.
- The mock smoking group showed higher accuracy after smoking a real cigarette than after mock smoking, however their response times remained unaffected.
- We ate fish served with a salad and baked potatoes, followed by a dessert of real strawberries in mock cream (made up from powdered milk).
- 1.1(Of an examination, battle, etc.) arranged for training or practice, or performed as a demonstration: Dukakis will have a mock debate with BarnettMore example sentences
- Last month re-enactors staged a mock battle at the site, as a testing ground before the full festival on September 23 and 24 next year.
- Various re-enactment groups, from Vikings to 20th century, will liven up the event with mock battles and drills.
- This video is funny, like the guys on donkeys, but becomes chilling as the children engage in their mock battle.
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- Even some of the most easily mockable aspects of business life - meetings to plan for meetings, mission statements, presentation slides, to name but three - are not complete jokes.
- This insular satire, this xenophobic comedy, said that foreigners, insofar as it recognized them, are funny, mockable for the sin of deviating from the white, English norm.
- Rather than finding quotes that are genuinely worth mocking, the author feels the pressure to find something from his target, and the bar for what's mockable necessarily gets lowered.
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- He is playful in general, but not a teaser or mocker or just a crude buffoon.
- His legislation was specially mentioned in Montaigne's works; Francois Rabelais, this great mocker, described Krum's state as a country where there was no treachery, slander and theft.
late Middle English: from Old French mocquer 'deride'.