mocking

Definitions

  • MOCKING-BIRD
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mocking abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule "derisive laughter","a jeering crowd","her mocking smile","taunting shouts of `coward' and `sissy'"
    • adj mocking playfully vexing (especially by ridicule) "his face wore a somewhat quizzical almost impertinent air"- Lawrence Durrell"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Potato chips were invented in Saratoga Springs in 1853 by chef George Crum. They were a mocking response to a patron who complained that his French fries were too thick.
    • a Mocking Imitating, esp. in derision, or so as to cause derision; mimicking; derisive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Mocking derision: ridicule: subject of laughter or sport: fruitless labour: vain imitation: false show
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Quotations

  • Ada Louise Huxtable
    Ada Louise Huxtable
    “Washington is an endless series of mock palaces clearly built for clerks.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “I know nothing more mocking than a devil that despairs.”
  • Walt Whitman
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    “There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.”
  • William Shakespeare
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    “Come, let's have one other gaudy night. Call to me. All my sad captains. Fill our bowls once more. Let's mock the midnight bell.”
  • Albert Camus
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    “Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood -- never.”
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
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    “Oh, for boyhood's painless play, sleep that wakes in laughing day, health that mocks the doctor's rules, knowledge never learned of schools.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

The man in the brown overcoat laughed mockingly when he perceived that the two strangers chose a table as far away from his as possible.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
Was even a child's love for her deemed so unnatural, and that it should be mocked at thus cruelly?
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
For reply she mocked me.
"A Book of Burlesques" by H. L. Mencken
They mocked him and danced round him till he cried.
"The Flight of Pony Baker" by W. D. Howells
After a time Slade came with a blazing stick for torch to wish him a mocking good night.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
His nose was straight, his mocking eyes a golden-brown, and, with his cap off, his upstanding shock of hair showed glittering lights.
"Glory of Youth" by Temple Bailey
At times the landscape, mockingly beautiful, was white and bleak as January.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
A strange scene mocked him.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
What if there followed him not Eurydice, but a mocking shade?
"A Book of Myths" by Jean Lang
Why should they mock poor fellows thus?
"King Henry the Fifth" by William Shakespeare
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In poetry:

The day died out, the night came down
Her evening prayer she said,
While, through the dark, strange faces seemed
To mock her as she prayed.
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Like THEE it braves the wintry wind,
And mocks the storm's fierce pow'r,
Tho' from its HOPES the blast unkind,
Has torn each promis'd flow'r.
"To the Myrtle" by Mary Darby Robinson
IX. It was beneath the loneliest cave
That roofs the brow of misery,
Or stems the ocean's wildest wave,
Or mocks the sea-blast's keenest sigh.
"The Irish Harp" by Sydney Owenson
Yet still the winds that cool my brow,
And o'er these murmuring waters come,
A joy that mocks belief bestow;
For sure they lately left my home.
"The Lucayan's Song" by Amelia Opie
Mocking Sorrow at his whim,
Beckoning Beauty — Hope knows whither !
Youth and Pleasure, coming hither.
Hear his call, and, hastening thither.
"The Flight Of Puck" by E J Rupert Atkinson
But vaster. We are fools and slight;
We mock thee when we do not fear:
But help thy foolish ones to bear;
Help thy vain worlds to bear thy light.
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: Preface" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

T might be because he was born in Ghana that the English novelist William Boyd has such a gift for writing about Europeans pursuing great braveries and follies in places where the very air mocks them.
MOCK RASPBERRY JAM, AKA GREEN TOMATO JELLY.
(CBS News) During a speech on wind energy in Iowa on Tuesday, President Obama made a thinly-veiled joke mocking opponent Mitt Romney for once transporting his family dog on the roof of his car.
Peter Schrager on his latest mock draft: How will top five picks pan out.
Eastwood mocked for kooky speech at GOP convention.
Evans brothers, S-E mock trial awarded at Law Day celebration.
": Nearly 150 years ago, the author mocked the idea of "a caucus-race" in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Chuck Lorre Mocks Mormons, Slams Republicans in Censored Vanity Card.
Welcome to the Virtual Mock Newbery.
Pete Stark Mocks Minuteman over Immigration Stance at Town Hall Meeting.
"We can't get enough Minutemen armed," Stark said mockingly.
Brazil comedy mocks ' own goal ' over World Cup preparation.
A Nike shoe designer is catching heat for mocking the ACL injury that knocked Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose out of the rest of the playoffs.
Johnson Hopes Mock Countdown Run Pays Off With Championship.
Members of Val Halla's Pirates acting troupe staged a mock sword fight at Privateer Day, a tribute to Fells Point's buccaneer past.
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In science:

These are the radii out to which the observed and mock rotation curves are compared.
Constraining the NFW Potential with Observations and Modeling of LSB Galaxy Velocity Fields
Our goal is to compare mock DensePak velocity fields and rotation curves of NFWconstr halos to the observed DensePak velocity fields and rotation curves of the LSB galaxies in K06 and K08.
Constraining the NFW Potential with Observations and Modeling of LSB Galaxy Velocity Fields
Fig. 1.— (a) Observed DensePak velocity field of UGC 4325. (b) Mock DensePak velocity field of the axisymmetric simulation.
Constraining the NFW Potential with Observations and Modeling of LSB Galaxy Velocity Fields
Both velocity fields have isovelocity contours at 10 km s−1 intervals. (c) Residual velocity field showing the differences between the UGC 4325 data and the velocity field of the idealized (i.e. no velocity dispersion), axisymmetric NFWconstr halo. (d) Same as (c) but for the mock DensePak velocity field.
Constraining the NFW Potential with Observations and Modeling of LSB Galaxy Velocity Fields
The solid points are the observed DensePak rotation curve of UGC 4325, the solid line is the NFW rotation curve corresponding to the input NFW potential, and the open (red) circles are the rotation curve recovered from the mock velocity field.
Constraining the NFW Potential with Observations and Modeling of LSB Galaxy Velocity Fields
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