Definition of mock-heroic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmäk(h)əˈrōik/


(Of a literary work or its style) imitating the style of heroic literature in order to satirize an unheroic subject.
Example sentences
  • A brawl ensues, elaborately described in the author's mock-heroic style.
  • The mock-heroic style of the intertitles contrasts well with the banal visuals.
  • Moreover, this pattern of resemblance is rendered still more striking by the prominent appearance of mock-heroic topoi and diction in both poems.


(often as mock heroics)
A burlesque imitation of the heroic character or literary style.
Example sentences
  • It is these issues that should have been the focus of the press coverage from the start, not the mock-heroics of aircraft carriers, special forces and the stunt work of the young pilots in the sky.
  • When the satirist aims to deflate false heroes, imposters or charlatans, who claim a respect which is not their due, the vehicle he chooses for this is usually the mock-heroic.
  • The unifying theme of most of the top 10 seems to imply that the station's listeners are easily impressed by the mock-heroic.

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Syllabification: mock-he·ro·ic

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