solemn mockery

See: blasphemy
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Shall we imagine them in solemn mockery, to play and jest with us as if we were children, and to address us in a lofty tragic vein, making believe to be in earnest?
A Solemn Mockery is the first book published by Dr Jonathan Hicks, a Barry-born local military historian and deputy headteacher at St Cyres, and examines the five major events of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 - including the celebrated Rorke's Drift.