mock·ery /ˈmɑk(ə)ri, ˈmɔ-/
Mock·er·y n.; pl. Mockeries
1. 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. --Shak.
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. --Law.
And bear about the mockery of woe. --Pope.
2. Insulting or contemptuous action or speech; contemptuous merriment; derision; ridicule.
The laughingstock of fortune's mockeries. --Spenser.
3. Subject of laughter, derision, or sport.
The cruel handling of the city whereof they made a mockery. --2 Macc. viii. 17.
n 1: showing your contempt by derision [syn: jeer, jeering, scoff,
2: a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous
way [syn: parody, lampoon, spoof, sendup, takeoff,
burlesque, travesty, charade, pasquinade, put-on]
3: humorous or satirical mimicry [syn: parody, takeoff]