Synonyms of mockery in English:
1 a note of mockery in his voice
ridicule, derision, jeering, sneering, contempt, scorn, scoffing, joking, teasing, taunting, sarcasm, ragging, chaffing, jibing;
Australian/New Zealand chiacking
British informalwinding up
British vulgar slangtaking the piss
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mockery, ridicule, derision
These three words reflect increasing degrees of scorn.Mockery is the least severe. While it is usually intended to humiliate ( stung by her mockery, Frankie hung his head), it can also express affectionate amusement ( ‘Liar,’ he said with soft mockery). It can also mean ‘a worthy object of mockery’ in the phrase a mockery of ( after a mockery of a trial, he was executed), but the sense is usually considerably weakened, especially (however serious the subject) in the cliché make a mockery of ( modern technology has made a mockery of the 1959 Obscene Publications Act).Ridicule is more intense, the aim being not so much to provoke or tease the victim as to cause others to laugh at them ( Puritans were frequently subjected to ridicule and abuse at the hands of their contemporaries).Derision is still crueller and more contemptuous ( Eline would forget the hurtful words spoken in derision). The phrase of derision is commonly used to qualify a description of a scornful noise ( the answer was a snort of derision).
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