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Mockery, 1) derision, ridicule: “on Hiems' crown an odorous chaplet . . . is, as in m., set.” Mids. II, 1, 111. “this keen m.” II, 2, 123. “observe him, for the love of m.” Tw. II, 5, 22. “revenge on Edward's m.” H6C III, 3, 265. “was not this m.?” Cor. II, 3, 181. Plur. “--ies:” Wiv. III, 3, 260 (Evans' speech).
2) subject of laughter and derision: “what m. will it be to want the bridegroom,” Shr. III, 2, 4. “what a m. should it be to swear,” John III, 1, 285. “to hang like a rusty mail in monumental m.” Troil. III, 3, 153. “patience her injury a m. makes,” Oth. I, 3, 207. “will you rhyme upon't and vent it for a m.?” Cymb. V, 3, 56.
3) mimickry, counterfeit appearance, empty imitation: “a m. king of snow,” R2 IV, 260. “minding true things by what their --ies be,” H5 IV Chor. H5 IV Chor. “to trust the m. of unquiet slumbers,” R3 III, 2, 27. “unreal m., hence!” Mcb. III, 4, 107. “our vain blows are malicious m.” Hml. I, 1, 146 (a mere semblance of malice, i. e. of injury done).
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