What does "taking mock offence" mean? It is said in brackets in a play as a kind of comment how the character behaves or says the following words.

I can't find it anywhere.

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Pretending to take offense, probably in a dramatic, over-emphasized way. "What!? You didn't accept my answer on StackExchange?! I'm Shocked! Shocked I tell You!"


Mock in this context refers to the "counterfeit" meaning, rather than the "insulting through mimicry" meaning. This means that the player is only pretending to be offended, but is not really angry or upset; he is "mocking" or faking taking offense.

  • Something Kit is mighty able at... :)
    – Thursagen
    Jun 1, 2011 at 22:13
  • @Third Idiot Who me? blinks innocently
    – Kit Z. Fox
    Jun 1, 2011 at 22:49
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    "Mock" as an adjective always has this meaning: the verb has the other meaning.
    – Colin Fine
    Jun 2, 2011 at 16:17

"Taking mock offense" is the same as "pretending to take offense". Note that the pretending should often be apparent; that is, person who "offended" would not normally believe they had offended anyone.


Mock offense equates to feigned outrage. Examples are easily observable on a regular basis by anyone who tunes in to the venomous ranting and raving of political partisans on radio & TV, all day every day, up & down the dial.

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