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mockery
used in Moby Dick

9 uses
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Definition
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
  • So with a broken throne, the great gods mock that captive king; so like a Caryatid, he patient sits, upholding on his frozen brow the piled entablatures of ages.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (52% in)
  • He was ever dusting his old lexicons and grammars, with a queer handkerchief, mockingly embellished with all the gay flags of all the known nations of the world.
    Etymology (22% in)
  • It was at this point, gentlemen, that enraged by the defection of seven of his former associates, and stung by the mocking voice that had last hailed him, and maddened by his long entombment in a place as black as the bowels of despair; it was then that Steelkilt proposed to the two Canallers, thus far apparently of one mind with him, to burst out of their hole at the next summoning of the garrison; and armed with their keen mincing knives (long, crescentic, heavy implements with a...
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (70% in)
  • There's a most doleful and most mocking funeral!
    Chapters 67-69 -- Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (89% in)
  • "The ungracious and ungrateful dog!" cried Starbuck; "he mocks and dares me with the very poor-box I filled for him not five minutes ago!
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (46% in)
  • Oh, Pip! thy wretched laugh, thy idle but unresting eye; all thy strange mummeries not unmeaningly blended with the black tragedy of the melancholy ship, and mocked it!
    Chapters 112-114 -- The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (77% in)
  • mockery! mockery! bitter, biting mockery of grey hairs, have I lived enough joy to wear ye; and seem and feel thus intolerably old?
    Chapters 130-132 -- The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (82% in)
  • mockery! mockery! bitter, biting mockery of grey hairs, have I lived enough joy to wear ye; and seem and feel thus intolerably old?
    Chapters 130-132 -- The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (82% in)
  • mockery! mockery! bitter, biting mockery of grey hairs, have I lived enough joy to wear ye; and seem and feel thus intolerably old?
    Chapters 130-132 -- The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (83% in)

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