Definition of mockery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɒk(ə)ri/

noun (plural mockeries)

[mass noun]
1Teasing and contemptuous language or behaviour directed at a particular person or thing: stung by her mockery, Frankie hung his head
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  • Maybe I've strayed off-topic here, but I think that mockery and derision is, oddly enough, part of the stuff of taking religion seriously.
  • The more discussion-worthy point, however, is the use of humor as a political weapon - mockery, derision, diminishment.
  • Debate the guy, denounce him, subject him to ridicule and mockery at every opportunity.
ridicule, derision, jeering, sneering, contempt, scorn, scoffing, joking, teasing, taunting, sarcasm, ragging, chaffing, jibing;
Australian/New Zealand  chiacking
informal kidding, kidology, ribbing, joshing
British informal winding up
taking the mickey
British vulgar slang taking the piss
North American informal goofing, razzing
1.1 [in singular] An absurd misrepresentation or imitation of something: after a mockery of a trial in London, he was executed
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  • It's a travesty, a mockery of our Constitutional system, and they will not rest until this hideous distortion of all that is good and decent has been ended once and for all.
  • What eventually took its place was a travesty of the real thing, a mockery of the power that could raise men to heaven and give them the glimpse of God for which they gladly died.
  • This dangerous double standard makes a sham and a mockery of the justice system.
travesty, charade, farce, parody, laughing stock, caricature, lampoon, burlesque, apology, excuse, poor substitute
1.2 archaic Ludicrously futile action: in her bitterness she felt that all rejoicing was mockery


make a mockery of

Make (something) seem foolish or absurd: new technology is making a mockery of our outdated laws
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  • That would be absurd and make a mockery of the entire project (as well as rendering all other results from it unreliable).
  • He is making a mockery of all this in his business dealings and justifying his actions by saying he has to be competitive with the rest of the world.
  • It's all too often clumsy, insincere and inappropriate, making a mockery of otherwise noble values.


Late Middle English: from Old French moquerie, from mocquer 'to deride'.

Words that rhyme with mockery

crockery, rockery

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