Definition of mockery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɒkəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːkəri//
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  1. 1[uncountable] comments or actions that are intended to make somebody/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. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French moquerie, from mocquer ‘to deride’.Extra examples There was a hint of mockery in his voice. They left themselves open to mockery from the left-wing press. Try to keep the tone one of gentle mockery.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 American Dictionary entry: mockery