AskDefine | Define mockery

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1 showing your contempt by derision [syn: jeer, jeering, scoff, scoffing]
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]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. the action of mocking; ridicule
  2. something so lacking in necessary qualities as to inspire ridicule; a travesty
    The defendant wasn't allowed to speak at his own trial - it was a mockery of justice.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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