In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(ridicule)burla femininemofa feminine literaryto hold sth/sb up to mockery — poner algo/a algn en ridículo
- His voice was absolutely sincere, with no mockery or sarcasm even hinted.
- For the first time, it seemed, there was no mockery or teasing in George's voice.
- More straightforwardly aggressive 12 months ago, yesterday he mixed contempt with pitying mockery.
- Defiant in the faces of her demons, she snarled at their smiles and laughter; glared at their mockery and ridicule.
- Was it not enough that, like the other insignia, it should be an emblem of scorn and mockery, since that was their aim?
- ‘Too right,’ said Tina, who was the only girl in their year who took politics and inevitably bore the brunt of the boys' mockery and teasing.
- With greetings of hope and yet of sarcastic mockery the crowd cheered his emerging form.
- But amidst society's contempt and mockery, young people built a movement strong enough to make Congress realize the practicality of lowering the voting age.
- For all groups to be subject to open criticism, including mockery and ridicule, has been a great leveller.
- I don't agree with you and therefore I'm only worthy of your derision and mockery.
- Open sarcasm and mockery entered his voice.
- He first tried mockery as he called the characterization ‘the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen in my life.’
- Debate the guy, denounce him, subject him to ridicule and mockery at every opportunity.
- Anything's open for ridicule or criticism or mockery.
- A few words of mockery and sarcasm might have slipped, but generally, we were certainly not arch rivals.
- The part I don't get is why the really dreadful singers set themselves up for scorn and mockery - and they have to know that's what they're in for.
- The more discussion-worthy point, however, is the use of humor as a political weapon - mockery, derision, diminishment.
- It is an anarchic art, rooted in mockery, a ridiculous gesture towards the absurdity of the established order.
- Maybe I've strayed off-topic here, but I think that mockery and derision is, oddly enough, part of the stuff of taking religion seriously.
- His tone held a hint of mockery and sarcasm when he addressed her as young lady.
2(travesty)farsa femininepantomima femininea mockery of justice — una parodia de justicia
- to make a mockery of sth — ridiculizar algo
- To conclude, the April 30th referendum is a mockery of democracy and an encore of long-established patterns of political deceit in this country.
- What eventually took its place was a travesty of the real thing, a mockery of the power that could raise men to heaven and give them the glimpse of God for which they gladly died.
- It would have been a mockery of the British way of life to stand by and let a man like him terrorise me on my own doorstep.
- You undermine minimal democracy itself, and are left with a mockery of political rights.
- Then, in a mockery of the political process, they set up a polling centre amongst the ruins and called it democracy.
- To call that a ‘free choice’ is a mockery of language.
- It's a mockery of the game to play it in forcibly sanitized conditions.
- It's a travesty, a mockery of our Constitutional system, and they will not rest until this hideous distortion of all that is good and decent has been ended once and for all.
- ‘Any conclusion that this is about spying on residents would be a grotesque misunderstanding of the training provided and a mockery of our intentions,’ a trust director said.
- The Labour MP has branded the fines dolled out for breach of disability laws as a mockery of the government's zero tolerance policy.
- This dangerous double standard makes a sham and a mockery of the justice system.
- Is it an important step towards reconciliation or a mockery of democracy?
- This is of course not a fair and open practice and a mockery of the ‘people's parliament’.
- More recently the hotel descended into a mockery of its former self, snobbish for snobbery's sake, until rescued in 1995.
- The United States ambassador said the demonstrations were a mockery of the right of protest and freedom of assembly.
- The action by the local Council has created furore among ramblers, who say that the action was wrong and a mockery of consultation procedures laid down by law.
- Online petitions are a mockery of grassroots democracy.
- Painful as it seems, and as much as we know that he's going to be found guilty, the trial can't just be a mockery of a real trial.
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