It was, however, generally regarded as a mockery, and on the intercession of the British government the sentence was commuted to banishment.
Thereupon He was condemned to death for manifest blasphemy, and a scene of cruel mockery followed.
To Eusebius the erection of a temple of Venus over the sepulchre of Christ was an act of mockery against the Christian religion.
553, "Mark that outcry of despair" for "Hark"; Hellas, 472, "Hold each to the other in loud mockery" for "Told."
The crowd greeted their arrival with mockery and derision, and being treated as the envoys of heretics they escaped without having obtained a hearing.
She shrugged nonchalantly, snapping a dry vine off and examining it as though unaware of the mockery of his question.
Among them were four beys, one of whom, driven to madness by Mehemet Alls mockery, asked for a drink of water; his hands were untied that he might take the bottle, but he snatched a dagger from one of the soldiers, rushed at the pasha, and fell covered with wounds.
Thaddeus of Suessa was hacked to pieces by the mob; the imperial crown was placed in mockery on the head of a hunch-backed beggar, who was carried back in triumph into the city.
That Rhyn of all his brothers would be granted such an honor as an Ancient.s mate made a mockery of everything.
On his return Agis fled to the temple of Athene Chalcioecus at Sparta, but soon afterwards he was treacherously induced to leave his asylum and, after a mockery of a trial, was strangled in prison, his mother and grandmother sharing the same fate (241).
It was clear that so long as Austria, bribed by Germany, could act in a way so opposed to Italian interests in the Balkans, the Triple Alliance was a mockery, and Italy could only meet the situation by being prepared for all contingencies.
There also might be seen the flat circular temalacatl or " spindle-stone," where captives armed with wooden weapons were allowed the mockery of a gladiatorial fight against well-armed champions.
Thus a drunkard's or a madman's sacraments would only be mockery, even though the recipients received them in good faith and devoutly.
Whereas Plato's main problem had been the organization of the perfect state, and Aristotle's intellect had ranged with fresh interest over all departments of the knowable, political speculation had become a mockery with the extinction of free political life, and knowledge as such had lost its freshness for the Greeks of the Roman Empire.
Nearly all travellers in the north of Africa mention the Hardhon of the Arabs (Agama stellio), which is extremely common, and has drawn upon itself the hatred of the Mahommedans by its habit of nodding its head, which they interpret as a mockery of their own movements whilst engaged in prayer.
Then came the final collapse: Cond having taken refuge in Spain for seven years, Gaston of Orleans being in exile, Retz in prison, and the parlement reduced to its judiciary functions only, the field was left open for Mazarin, who, four months after the king, re-entered in triumph that Paris which had driven him forth with jeers and mockery (February 1653).
The kings Should it be the uncles of the king, or his followers uncles and Clisson and Bureau de Ia Rivire, whom the nobles the Marcalled in mockery the Marmousets?
A mockery of popular institutions, under the name of a burgher council, indeed existed; but this was a mere delusion, and must not be confounded with the system of local government by means of district burgher councils which that most able man, Commissioner de Mist, sought to establish during the brief government of the Batavian Republic from 1803 to 1806, when the Dutch nation, convinced and ashamed of the false policy by which they had permitted a mere money-making association to disgrace the Batavian name, and to entail degradation on what might have been a free and prosperous colony, sought to redeem their error by making this country a national colonial possession, instead of a slavish property, to be neglected, oppressed or ruined, as the caprice or avarice of its merchant owners might dictate.
The conspirators, the chief of whom were Norman Leslie, master of Rothes, and William Kirkaldy of Grange, contrived to obtain admission at daybreak of the 29th of May 1546, and murdered the cardinal under circumstances of horrible mockery and atrocity.
This feeling explains his detestation of foreign manners and superstitions, his loathing not only of inhuman crimes and cruelties but even of the lesser derelictions from selfrespect, his scorn of luxury and of art as ministering to luxury, his mockery of the poetry and of the stale and dilettante culture of his time, and perhaps, too, his indifference to the schools of philosophy and his readiness to identify all the professors of stoicism with the reserved and close-cropped puritans, who concealed the worst vices under an outward appearance of austerity.
It became a mockery of trying to get to the truth.
It makes a total mockery of the right hon.
mockery of real democracy.
mockery of the whole concept.
village pub, the mood of mockery is exaggerated.
The phrase " a people's Europe " is, in fact, a hollow mockery.
Suggesting that they vote by text or internet or through a political Pop Idol just invites mockery.
Ultimately it became necessary to forego even the pretence of maintaining relations of friendship, and the British functionary at that time, Captain Macleod, was withdrawn in 1840 altogether from a country where his continuance would have been but a mockery.
It is reported that the caliph even permitted one of his buffoons to turn the person of Ali into mockery.
The callous attitude of the shipping company would sound like sheer mockery to my countrymen.
There would be a rather horrible note of mockery in telling us something of which we can make nothing.
Significantly, postcolonial theorists have seen mimicry as bordering on mockery, ' since it can appear to parody whatever it mimics.
mockery of justice from beginning to end.
mockery of a trial, from which he forcibly excluded the chief witnesses against him.
mockery of that claim.
mockery of the idea of user levels.
His 31 goals in 28 reserve games make a mockery of the limited chances he has been given with the first team.
For all groups to be subject to open criticism, including mockery and ridicule, has been a great leveler.
The truly wise person kneels at the feet of all creatures and is not afraid to endure the mockery of others.
SNH's attitude makes a complete mockery of its motto: Working with Scotland's people to care for our natural heritage.
such mockery was based on the view that young female membership was not also thought capable of political or nationalist worth.
She only knows the pain and sorrow of barrenness, and the cruel mockery she receives from her rival.
The honest answer is bursts of enthusiasm and creativity followed by a lot of self mockery.
spear carriers, participating in a mockery of parliamentary process.
They actually believe that they are taking part in nothing more than a modern mockery of ignorant superstitions from the past.
Nor is this surprising when we consider the marvellous skill of Continental and especially German taxidermists, many of whom have elevated their profession to a height of art inconceivable to most Englishmen, who are only acquainted with the miserable mockery of Nature which is the most sublime result of all but a few " bird-stuffers."
Camille Desmoulins, in jest and mockery, said of Saint-Just - the youth with the beautiful countenance and the long fair locks- "He carries his head like a Holy Sacrament."
Parker Soc., pp. 121, 120), and again: "In the stead of the Lord's holy table they give the people, with much solemn disguising, a thing which they call their mass; but in deed and in truth it is a very masking and mockery of the true Supper of the Lord, or rather I may call it a crafty juggling, whereby these false thieves and jugglers have bewitched the minds of the simple people ...
The reference rent system also makes mockery of market values with apparently similar properties given vastly varying values by the rent officer.
We are interchangeable bit-part actors, spear carriers, participating in a mockery of parliamentary process.
At the village pub, the mood of mockery is exaggerated.
Per the couple who graciously opened their home to these two domestic ne'er do wells, Paris Hilton made a mockery of the role of housewife, while Nicole made a mockery of their marriage.
Richie, who has sought treatment for an eating disorder, tried to make a mockery of her situation by sending her friends a "weight-limit" e-mail invitation to a May 27, 2007 Memorial Day weekend party.
Some have proposed that his yellow ninja outfit is a mockery of Sub-Zero's-he thinks the latter is cowardly and weak.
You can play this game one of two ways: with the controller, or, if you were brave enough to withstand the clerk's mockery, the optional maracas.
He said nothing and mirrored her position, leaning against the wall in what she knew was irritated mockery.
He says that hell is a delusion; he declares that the coming of the Son of God was a mere mockery.
His inability to deliver a really good quip also makes a mockery of some of the humor.
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