mockery

Definitions

  • Mockery. Neapolitan
    Mockery. Neapolitan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mockery humorous or satirical mimicry
    • n mockery showing your contempt by derision
    • n mockery a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mockery Insulting or contemptuous action or speech; contemptuous merriment; derision; ridicule. "The laughingstock of fortune's mockeries ."
    • Mockery Subject of laughter, derision, or sport. "The cruel handling of the city whereof they made a mockery ."
    • Mockery The act of mocking, deriding, and exposing to contempt, by mimicry, by insincere imitation, or by a false show of earnestness; a counterfeit appearance. "It is, as the air, invulnerable,
      And our vain blows malicious mockery ."
      "Grace at meals is now generally so performed as to look more like a mockery upon devotion than any solemn application of the mind to God.""And bear about the mockery of woe."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mockery The act of mocking; derisive or deceitful speech or action.
    • n mockery Derision; ridicule; careless insult or contempt; sport; jest.
    • n mockery Counterfeit appearance; false show; sham.
    • n mockery Vain effort; fruitless labor; that which disappoints or frustrates.
    • n mockery Synonyms Mimicry, jeering, gibes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Mockery derision: ridicule: subject of laughter or sport: fruitless labour: vain imitation: false show
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Quotations

  • Scott Adams
    Scott Adams
    “There's a fine line between participation and mockery.”
  • Milan Kundera
    Milan%20Kundera
    “No great movement designed to change the world can bear to be laughed at or belittled. Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
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    “Mockery is often the result of a poverty of wit.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

But though to herself her name had been a mockery, to others it was not so.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
For that way lies mockery and the scorn of men.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
It was his hope, that their labor would discharge the chief cost of their control, and end the mockery, and the inequalities of punishment.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
He laughed grimly, in mockery of the idea.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
There was mockery and invitation in its hubbub.
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
Richard turned to her, that same flickering of mockery in his still face.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
His expression was that of a man perpetually amused, as if anticipating a joke or recollecting a mockery.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
His mind is possessed of an inflaming and hateful image, which drives him to mockery and violence.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
It was as if an evil spirit possessed the child, and had just then peeped forth in mockery.
"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Her kneeling position appealed to him as a gesture of mockery and ridicule: a memory had been desecrated.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
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In poetry:

We thought, "When winter comes again,
Where will these bright things be?
All vanished, like a vision vain,
An unreal mockery!
"A Day Dream" by Emily Jane Bronte
And still we struggle. Vainly each man gropes
Death at his feet, and woman at his knee
With naked smiles and hidden mockery.
Scarce dreaming she is damned as well as he.
"The Awakening" by E J Rupert Atkinson
Let vacant bards display their boasted woes;
Shall I the mockery of grief display?
No; let the Muse his piercing pangs disclose,
Who bleeds and weeps his sum of life away!
"Elegy XX. He Compares His Humble Fortune With the Distress of Others" by William Shenstone
One night was full of anguish and of pain,
Of nerveless arms and mockery of kisses;
And those caresses where one sick heart misses
The quick response the other cannot feign.
"Two Nights" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
This elfin sprite have many tried to seize,
Yet in the rash attempt have suffer'd sore;
With mockery of himself he will them teize,
Which grasping hard, they see him still before.
"Will-O'-Wisp" by Charlotte Dacre
A FLOWER! Full many a day has gone,
And many an hour has loitered on,
Since I have gathered one:
It seems in idle mockery
Thou bidst my pencil draw for thee
A flower, when there are none.
"On Being Asked To Paint A Flower In Winter" by Caroline Fry

In news:

The Onion's tweets about Capitol gunfire prompt panic, mockery .
Stephen Colbert, Karl Rove and the mockery of campaign finance.
The danger of mockery .
Article "Kathy Griffin's Cartoonish Mockery Of Sarah Palin As Tea Party Candidate On Glee" Is Not Available At This Time.
Binayak Sen's conviction: a mockery of justice.
When Mockery Is All That's Left.
Music, Memories and Mockery : Leonard's Roast Lands on New York 's Approval Matrix.
Music, Memories and Mockery : Who's Roasting Leonard Lopate.
Redskins make a mockery of Rooney Rule.
The Politics of Religious Mockery .
The videocassette has been the subject of mockery for several years running.
A spoof of 1960s spy thrillers, ' OSS 117: Lost in Rio' gives French self-mockery a decided edge.
TMQ's annual mock draft mockery.
In DC, a mockery of campaign finance laws.
When Mockery Is Acceptable .
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