mock-heroic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mock-heroic a satirical imitation of heroic verse
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mock-heroic Counterfeiting or burlesquing the heroic style, character, or bearing: as, a mock-heroic poem; a mock-heroic swagger.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Mock-heroic mocking the heroic style, or the actions or characters of heroes
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. moquer; from a Teut. root seen in Ger. mucken, to mutter; prob. imit.

Usage

In literature:

It reminded one of the strains of Beranger; in other passages of the mock-heroic poem of Boileau.
"Jasmin: Barber, Poet, Philanthropist" by Samuel Smiles
Put into everyday English the whole scheme sounded visionary and mock-heroic.
"A Poor Wise Man" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
So Irving described the taking of Fort Casimir in mock heroic manner.
"The Quaker Colonies" by Sydney G. Fisher
In general the mocking assumption of an heroic attitude recurs with sufficient frequency to stamp it as a staple of comic effect.
"The Dramatic Values in Plautus" by Wilton Wallace Blancke
The simplicity of the act robbed it of all mock-heroics.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
False sentiment, {277} mock heroics, glittering formula, lay figure attitude, all are there.
"The French Revolution" by R. M. Johnston
Delicate fancy and real poetical fancy may be turned to account; but under the mask of the mock-heroic.
"English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century" by Leslie Stephen
No fuss, no feathers, no mock heroics.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
It is the perfection of the mock-heroic!
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
This is no time for mock heroics.
"The Star Lord" by Boyd Ellanby
Histrionics and mock heroics pervade the three books.
"A Novelist on Novels" by W. L. George
Of the portrayal of humours, mock-heroic and burlesque, the same statements hold true.
"Francis Beaumont: Dramatist" by Charles Mills Gayley
No politics or mock-heroics for him.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
I know the temptation to hit back at him mock-heroically .
"Three Plays by Granville-Barker" by Harley Granville-Barker
What romances, novels, satires, and mock heroics present themselves to my imagination!
"The Heiress;" by John Burgoyne
But then suppose I should drown him in these mock heroics?
"The Kentuckian in New-York, Volume I (of 2)" by William Alexander Caruthers
The style is heavy and labored and the plot mawkishly sentimental and mock heroic.
"Molly Brown's Junior Days" by Nell Speed
A far better work is the Nymphidia, an exquisitely graceful, mock heroic fairy poem.
"A Brief Handbook of English Authors" by Oscar Fay Adams
Gower's mock-heroic catalogue of the rioters' names in the first book of his "Vox Clamantis" is not so picturesque as these actual muster-rolls.
"Chaucer and His England" by G. G. Coulton
The "Rape of the Lock" is his most successful effort, and is the best of all mock-heroic poems.
"The World's Best Books" by Frank Parsons
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In poetry:

One great heroic reign divine
Shall mock the Elysian isles,
And love in arms shall only shine
Less fair than Love in smiles!
"The Young Man's Song" by Sydney Thompson Dobell