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
  1. verb
    treat with contempt
    “The new constitution mocks all democratic principles”
    synonyms: bemock
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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
    type of:
    do by, handle, treat
    interact in a certain way
  2. verb
    imitate with mockery and derision
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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
    type of:
    copy, imitate, simulate
    reproduce someone's behavior or looks
  3. adjective
    constituting a copy or imitation of something
    “boys in mock battle”
    counterfeit, imitative
    not genuine; imitating something superior
  4. noun
    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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