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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica


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An adjective meaning sham, feigned, spurious, falsely imitative. As a verb it means to deride or imitate contemptuously. The derivation of O. Fr. mocquer, mod. moquer; Ital. moccare, from which the English word is adopted, is disputed. Some authorities refer it to Ger. mucken, mucksen, to growl, grumble, which is probably echoic in origin; others to a supposed Late Lat. moccare, formed from mucus - mucus, in the sense of "to wipe the nose at."

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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Mock'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. 1910.

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