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Definition of mockery noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] comments or actions that are intended to make someone or something seem ridiculous synonym ridicule, scorn She couldn't stand any more of their mockery. His smile was full of mockery. The government has left itself open to mockery and ridicule.
  2. 2[singular] (disapproving) an action, a decision, etc. that is a failure and that is not as it is supposed to be synonym travesty It was a mockery of a trial.
  3. Idioms
    make a mockery of something
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    to make something seem ridiculous or useless The trial made a mockery of justice.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mockery