(uncountable) The state of contemning; the feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn, disdain.
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The Mirror and the Lamp
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of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them.}}
The state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace.
(legal) Open disrespect or willful disobedience of the authority of a court of law or legislative body.
* contempt of Congress
* contempt of court
* contempt of Parliament
* familiarity breeds contempt
* (l) (obsolete)
An imitation, usually of lesser quality.
Mockery, the act of mocking.
* Bible, Proverbs xiv. 9
A practice exam set by an educating institution to prepare students for an important exam.
- Fools make a mock at sin.
- He got a B in his History mock , but improved to an A in the exam.
To mimic, to simulate.
- To see the life as lively mocked' as ever / Still sleep ' mocked death.
To make fun of by mimicking, to taunt.
* Bible, 1 Kings xviii. 27
- Mocking marriage with a dame of France.
- Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud.
To tantalise, and disappoint (the hopes of).
* Bible, Judges xvi. 13
- Let not ambition mock their useful toil.
* 1597 , William Shakespeare, Henry IV , Part II, Act V, Scene III:
- Thou hast mocked me, and told me lies.
* 1603 , William Shakespeare, Othello , Act III, Scene III:
- And with his spirit sadly I survive, / to mock the expectations of the world; / to frustrate prophecies, and to raze out / rotten opinion
* 1667 , John Milton, Paradise Lost :
- "It is the greene-ey'd Monster, which doth mocke / The meate it feeds on."
- Why do I overlive? / Why am I mocked with death, and lengthened out / to deathless pain?
* 1765 , Benjamin Heath, A revisal of Shakespear's text , page 563 (a commentary on the "mocke the meate" line from Othello):
- He will not / Mock us with his blest sight, then snatch him hence.
* 1812 , The Critical Review or, Annals of Literature , page 190:
- ‘Mock’ certainly never signifies to loath. Its common signification is, to disappoint.
- The French revolution indeed is a prodigy which has mocked the expectations both of its friends and its foes. It has cruelly disappointed the fondest hopes of the first, nor has it observed that course which the last thought that it would have pursued.
* See also
* See also
Imitation, not genuine; fake.