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[muhm-uh-ree] /ˈmʌm ə ri/
noun, plural mummeries.
the performance of mummers.
any performance, ceremony, etc., regarded as absurd, false, or ostentatious.
Origin of mummery
First recorded in 1520-30; mummer + -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for mummery
Historical Examples
  • But your hypocrisy and your mummery shall serve you to little purpose.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • That is as good as going to Church to be the central figures of the mummery of priests.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Even to keep an open mind himself to all the muss and mummery of the Church!

  • They too recognized him now, and realized that here was no mummery.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • It was all humbug––all this mummery about intuitions and unerring perception and inscrutability.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
  • These latter had, each of them, some mummery peculiar to himself.

  • All mummery was to be forbidden, and all monarchy to be called mummery.

    A Short History of England

    G. K. Chesterton
  • For the rest, if this mummery humbles Lord Warwick, gramercy!

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • What an exhibition of mummery it was in that time-begrimed temple!

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou
  • Any mummery will cure if the patient's faith is strong in it.

British Dictionary definitions for mummery


noun (pl) -meries
a performance by mummers
hypocritical or ostentatious ceremony
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mummery

1520s, "performance of mumming," from Old French mommerie, from momer (see mummer). Transferred sense of "ridiculous ceremony or ritual" is from 1540s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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