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Mockery


MOCK'ERY, noun The act of deriding and exposing to contempt, by mimicking the words or actions of another.

1. Derision; ridicule; sportive insult or contempt; contemptuous merriment at persons or things.

Grace at meals is now generally so performed as to look more like mockery upon devotion, than any solemn application of the mind to God.

2. Sport; subject of laughter.

Of the holy place they made a mockery

3. Vain imitation or effort; that which deceives, disappoints or frustrates.

It is as the air, invulnerable,

And our vain blows malicious mockery

4. Imitation; counterfeit appearance; false show.

And bear about the mockery of woe

To midnight dances.