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[moh-muh s] /ˈmoʊ məs/
noun, plural Momuses, Momi
[moh-mahy] /ˈmoʊ maɪ/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
Also, Momos
[moh-mos] /ˈmoʊ mɒs/ (Show IPA)
. Classical Mythology. the god of ridicule.
(sometimes lowercase) a faultfinder; a carping critic.
Origin of Momus
< Latin Mōmus < Greek Mômos, special use of mômos blame, ridicule Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Momus
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  • How funny their tragedy had been, how sad their comedy, Momus only might tell.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • This indeed has been a temple of Bacchus and Momus from time immemorial.

  • They agreed to appoint Momus as judge, and to abide by his decision.

  • Schann and two others were arrested, and the next day Momus sold his business.

    Vie de Bohme Orlo Williams
  • Momus was called upon to decide their merits, but he blamed them all.

    The Student's Mythology

    Catherine Ann White
  • Momus had at last arrived in ancient Deutschland and was feared.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • The vintner laughed, too, but Momus would have criticized his laughter.

    The Goose Girl

    Harold MacGrath
  • "What a pity that Momus has cut off our credit," said Rodolphe.

  • Somewhere in the background were the faces of Momus and Aquila.

    The City of Delight Elizabeth Miller
  • She did not observe his gestures, and Momus decided for her.

    The City of Delight Elizabeth Miller
British Dictionary definitions for Momus


noun (pl) -muses, -mi (-maɪ)
(Greek myth) the god of blame and mockery
a cavilling critic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Momus

"humorously disagreeable person," 1560s, from Latin, from Greek Momos, nme of the god of ridicule and sarcasm (Greek momos, literally "blame, ridicule, disgrace," of unknown origin); also used in English as personification of fault-finding and captious criticism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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