Definition of mockumentary in English:

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mockumentary

Pronunciation:
(also mocumentary /ˌmäkyəˈment(ə)rē/)

noun (plural mockumentaries)

A motion picture or television program that takes the form of a serious documentary in order to satirize its subject.
Example sentences
  • An elaborate in-joke that might have been concocted at a dinner like the one we see onscreen, Incident at Loch Ness is a satirical mockumentary that will delight Herzog aficionados.
  • Is there a real shift here in political documentaries that are starting to become more like mockumentaries or shockumentaries.
  • Clearly you're here in the flesh and you have this, it's a mockumentary film, right?

Derivatives

mockumentarian

Pronunciation: /ˌmäkyəmenˈte(ə)rēən/
noun
Example sentences
  • Basically, I've been haunted by mockumentarians for the past few weeks.
  • The main difference is that our mockumentarians are throwing rocks, or perhaps lobbing cream pies, in their own glass house.
  • However, the mockumentarians are never mentioned.

Origin

1960s: blend of mock and (doc)umentary.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: mock·u·men·ta·ry

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