Imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery, but to mock is to make fun of or mimic someone with contempt, ridicule or derision. "Louise’s favorite pastime was to mock her brother’s inability to sing on key."

The verb mock — as in the use that inspired the name of the mockingbird — can be simple imitation but, more often, to mock someone is to show disdain through mimicry or parody. As an adjective, mock indicates a fake or a simulation: "The design team made the most fabulous mock Eiffel Tower for our staging of An American in Paris." "His mock gratitude was, at times, unbearable."

Definitions of mock

v treat with contempt

“The new constitution mocks all democratic principles”
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bait, cod, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit
harass with persistent criticism or carping
blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, rib, ridicule, roast
subject to laughter or ridicule
treat or speak of with contempt
barrack, flout, gibe, jeer, scoff
laugh at with contempt and derision
mock or make fun of playfully
lampoon, satirise, satirize
ridicule with satire
debunk, expose
expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas
cause to appear foolish
banter, chaff, jolly, josh, kid
be silly or tease one another
utter catcalls at
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do by, handle, treat
interact in a certain way

v imitate with mockery and derision

“The children mocked their handicapped classmate”
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ape, caricature
represent in or produce a caricature of
represent another person with comic intentions
burlesque, parody, spoof
make a parody of
make a travesty of
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copy, imitate, simulate
reproduce someone's behavior or looks

adj constituting a copy or imitation of something

“boys in mock battle”
counterfeit, imitative
not genuine; imitating something superior

n the act of mocking or ridiculing

“they made a mock of him”
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derision, ridicule
the act of deriding or treating with contempt

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