Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Scornfully contemptuous ridicule; derision.
  • n. A specific act of ridicule or derision.
  • n. An object of scorn or ridicule: made a mockery of the rules.
  • n. A false, derisive, or impudent imitation: The trial was a mockery of justice.
  • n. Something ludicrously futile or unsuitable: The few packages of food seemed a mockery in the face of such enormous destitution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The action of mocking; ridicule, derision.
  • n. Something so lacking in necessary qualities as to inspire ridicule; a laughing-stock.
  • n. Something insultingly imitative; an offensively futile action, gesture etc.
  • n. Mimicry, imitation, now usually in a derogatory sense; a travesty, a ridiculous simulacrum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of mocking, deriding, and exposing to contempt, by mimicry, by insincere imitation, or by a false show of earnestness; a counterfeit appearance.
  • n. Insulting or contemptuous action or speech; contemptuous merriment; derision; ridicule.
  • n. Subject of laughter, derision, or sport.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of mocking; derisive or deceitful speech or action.
  • n. Derision; ridicule; careless insult or contempt; sport; jest.
  • n. Counterfeit appearance; false show; sham.
  • n. Vain effort; fruitless labor; that which disappoints or frustrates.
  • n. Synonyms Mimicry, jeering, gibes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
  • n. humorous or satirical mimicry
  • n. showing your contempt by derision

Etymologies

Fropm Anglo-Norman mokerie, mokery, and Middle French mocquerie, moquerie, from moquer, moker ("to mock") + -erie ("-ery"), perhaps from Greek μωκός - mokos, "mocker". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Unlike Colbert, who more fully understands what the term mockery means than anyone I've watched in recent memory.

    Scott Thill: Truthiness and Consequences

  • However, unless the mockery is part of something like a SNL sketch, I think there are more respectful ways of discussing differring religious views. datingjesus

    Standing up to Jesus « Dating Jesus

  • O! what a miserable night I passed! the cold stars shone in mockery, and the bare trees waved their branches above me: now and then the sweet voice of a bird burst forth amidst the universal stillness.

    Chapter 16

  • Sorry Bob, mockery is the only answer to your GOOOOLLDDDD buggery.

    Matthew Yglesias » Is The Fed Stifling Recovery?

  • In 1030, the legendary King Canute, who once tried to command the tides of England in mockery of his flattering courtiers, invaded the lands of Olaf in Norway.

    The Last Viking Warrior | Heretical Ideas Magazine

  • These Republicans are as wrong as wrong can be, and history, I am sure, will mock them, but they were not elected by history, and they are impervious to mockery from the likes of me.

    Matthew Yglesias » Gerrymandering is Not the Root of All Evil

  • Some of his most scathing mockery is reserved for people who take out loans to pay tuition at an expensive private college.

    Lead Us Not Into Debt

  • But when it came time to dismount, the formation lurched to one side before breaking apart, sending one cheerleader tumbling to the turf and prompting a volley of mockery from the broadcast booth.

    Alumni Dust Off the Pom-Pons

  • He, perched upon his canoe, looked on in mockery; yet the ancestors whose seed he bore pressed heavily upon him, and he swore his strongest oaths that his courage might be cheered.

    THE MASTER OF MYSTERY

  • What I did hear, however, was harsh criticism and mockery from the left directed at Limbaugh and Robertson.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: January 14, 2010

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