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mock

mock

 
 
pronunciation:
mak
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun, adjective
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: mocked, mocking, mocks
definition 1: to express scorn or contempt for; ridicule; deride.
The candidate mocked his opponent's stand on the environment.Many physicians originally mocked the notion that disease could be caused by microbes.
synonyms:
deride, ridicule, scorn
similar words:
burlesque, disparage, flout, gibe, jeer, jest, joke, lampoon, make fun of, poke fun at, revile, satirize, scoff at, taunt
definition 2: to disregard or defy.
He mocks all the rules.
synonyms:
defy, disregard, flout
similar words:
scorn, spurn
definition 3: to make fun of by imitating in action or speech; mimic.
The students mocked the professor's mannerisms.
synonyms:
mimic, parody, travesty
similar words:
ape, imitate, impersonate, lampoon, make fun of, ridicule, spoof
definition 4: to imitate.
The moth mocks the pattern of a dead leaf.
synonyms:
copy, imitate, mimic, simulate
similar words:
ape, duplicate, fake, match
definition 5: to disappoint the hopes of; deceive or delude.
synonyms:
deceive, delude, fool, mislead, spoof
similar words:
disappoint, dupe
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to express scorn, contempt, or ridicule.
synonyms:
flout, gibe, scorn
similar words:
contemn, jeer, scoff, sneer, sport
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an act or instance of mocking; mockery.
synonyms:
derision, mockery, ridicule, sport
similar words:
catcall, contempt, dig, gibe, jeer, mimic, raspberry
definition 2: someone or something that is mocked or ridiculed.
synonyms:
butt, mockery, target
similar words:
joke, laughingstock
definition 3: an imitation, simulation, or counterfeit.
synonyms:
fake, imitation, simulation
similar words:
counterfeit, forgery, sham
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: not genuine or true; simulated; counterfeit; sham.
They put on a mock quarrel.
synonyms:
fake, false, imitation, pseudo, sham, simulated
similar words:
artificial, bogus, counterfeit, ersatz, make-believe, mimic, phony, pretended, spurious, synthetic
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derivations: mockingly (adv.), mocker (n.)
Word History
Mock comes from a Latin word that means "to wipe the nose." This gesture was seen as a sign of scorn.