American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A satirical imitation or burlesque of the heroic manner or style.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Counterfeiting or burlesquing the heroic style, character, or bearing: as, a mock-heroic poem; a mock-heroic swagger.
- n. a satirical imitation of heroic verse
“The row which has led to the Arts Council suspending payments to the Poetry Society would be the perfect subject for one of his mock-heroic epics.”
“He's developed this captivating narrative voice that mingles his own sharp commentary with Peter's mock-heroic despair.”
“They sally forth, mock-heroic and quixotic, as if nothing was unusual or out of the ordinary, clueless that their sense of proportion is way out of whack.”
“Foer works this mock-heroic metaphor to death, honouring his colleagues – ill-groomed and unsocialised wonks, who wear blinkers and blacked-out goggles when competing – as "mental athletes" or "warriors of the mind".”
“And to mirror the level of flat expectations, the show is shot docu-style - clearly a nod to The Office - so all the banality and pettiness gain a kind of mock-heroic stature.”
“Unknown to him, Barbara had written her own reportage of Liberia: Land Benighted (reissued in 1981 as Too Late to Turn Back) is a masterpiece of comic observation and mock-heroic misadventure.”
“These include reimagined versions of the portrait bust, such as Jonathan Baldock's salt-dough heads decorated with cloth and hair (echoing the vaguely tribal sensibility of Ryan Mosley's paintings, with which they share a gallery) and Steven Claydon's mock-heroic demagogue, subverted by the peacock feather over one eye and the fact that the patina on the coppered surface was achieved by urinating on the sculpture.”
“Sometimes, it was the mock-heroic way she told 'em "I am with much news that I shall now birth!”
“Granted, Friedman isn't using the pusillanimous, mock-heroic term "warrior chief" as an example of his own thinking -- he's simply projecting it onto the villagers in a familiar act of Western condescension.”
“He also completed his first major translation of a long Chinese poem, Li Sao, putting it into mock-heroic couplets.”
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