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Syn. Deride, Jeer, Ridicule, Tantalize, Mimic, Caricature, Parody, Burlesque, Imitate, Taunt

Definition: Ridicule or dersion;a scornful or contemptuous act of speech

Example:
“…Lexington became a major distribution center for illegal drugs; gang members appeared in town and committed drive-by shootings; the majority of Lexington’s white inhabitants moved elsewhere; and the proportion of Latino inhabitants increased more than tenfold, climbing to over 50 percent. ‘Mexington’ -as it is now called, affectionately by some, disparagingly by other- is an entirely new kind of America town, one that has been transfigured to meet the needs of the modern slaughterhouse.”
Fast Food Nation (Eric Schlosser)

Explanation:
The statement, “’Mexington’ -as it is now called, affectionately by some, disparagingly by other” implies the new euphemism adopted by the town toward characterizing the changes Lexington paced through, therefore clarifying the mocking tone Schlosser conveys toward this new name. Quotations marks vindicates this mockery by how it evokes a negative connotation toward the description of Lexington due to how Schlosser and others display an condescending, stereotypically categorizing attitude toward the change, stating that as a result of the new inhabitants, the town transformed into a violent place, “ …Lexington became a major distribution center for illegal drugs; gang members appeared in town and committed drive-by shootings”. Additionally, the statement, “one that has been transfigured to meet the needs of the modern slaughterhouse.” illustrates the influential transformation that has taken over Lexington to “Mexington”, to therefore meet the criteria suited for the slaughterhouse dominance of the entire town, advocating the demands of the Latino inhabitants, which justifies Schlosser’s mocking tone toward the stereotypical attitudes of those who refer Lexington to “Mexington.”

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