n. pl. mock·er·ies
1. Scornfully contemptuous ridicule; derision.
2. A specific act of ridicule or derision: the jester's many mockeries.
3. An object of scorn or ridicule: made a mockery of the rules.
4. A false, derisive, or impudent imitation: The trial was a mockery of justice.
5. Something ludicrously futile or unsuitable: The few packages of food seemed a mockery in the face of such enormous destitution.
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