v. mocked, mock·ing, mocks
a. To treat with ridicule or contempt; deride: was mocked for contradicting himself; mocked her superficial understanding of the issues. See Synonyms at ridicule.
b. To imitate in fun or derision: mocked his high-pitched voice.
c. To mimic or resemble closely: a whistle that mocks the call of seabirds.
a. To frustrate the hopes or intentions of: "The massive blister mocked my efforts" (Willie Morris).
b. To cause to appear irrelevant, ineffectual, or impossible: "The Depression mocked the Puritan assumption that failure in life was the wages of sin when even the hardest-working, most pious husbands began to lose hope" (Walter McDougall).
To express scorn or ridicule; jeer: They mocked at the idea.
1. The act of mocking.
2. An object of scorn or derision: became the mock of his associates.
Simulated; false; sham: a mock battle.
In an insincere or pretending manner: mock sorrowful.
make/a mock of
To subject to ridicule; mock.
[Middle English mokken, from Old French mocquer.]
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