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Making fun of someone or something in a cruel way; derisive:‘he got jeers and mocking laughter as he addressed the marchers’
- ‘Even the more sentimental variations seem mocking.’
- ‘Her tone was mocking, but I knew she would obey.’
- ‘In the mining district, religious zeal was often counterbalanced by a skeptical, almost mocking, attitude.’
- ‘Difficult mountains can seem hostile, haughty and mocking, wanting very much to lure in climbers, to tempt them to painful deaths on jagged rock.’
- ‘Elizabeth curtseyed very prettily, though her eyes were slightly mocking.’
- ‘It was bitter and mocking and the little engraving was no work of art… but I spent at least fifteen minutes laughing and weeping.’
- ‘The tone is gently mocking, but broadly sympathetic.’
- ‘Building on the idea of dramatic irony, the Romans concluded that language often carries a double message, a second often mocking or sardonic meaning running contrary to the first.’
- ‘Why is her voice suddenly so deep, cracked and mocking?’
- ‘Had his life ended when he was 60 years of age, his obituaries would have been both short and mocking.’
- ‘The slow drawl was meant to be mocking.’
- ‘The ruthless scientist changed from mocking to sad.’
- ‘An attitude that started out as solicitous and respectful becomes condescending and mocking.’
- ‘He had always kidded her about her faith, but lately his tone had been more derisive, mocking.’
- ‘His research is thorough, and his tone is fond, occasionally mocking.’
- ‘But overall, this movie was disgusting, mocking, and disappointing.’
- ‘He said all this politely, but there was something unfeeling and mocking in his tone.’
- ‘Shrill and mocking, the noise spurted from thousands of pursed lips.’
- ‘Billy the Greek bustled me indoors as Lynne looked confused before our hoots of laughter became too mocking.’
- ‘It is not so fatuous that it becomes mocking, but the humor in the situation is evident.’
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