- the performance of mummers.
- any performance, ceremony, etc., regarded as absurd, false, or ostentatious.
Origin of mummery
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Examples from the Web for mummery
But your hypocrisy and your mummery shall serve you to little purpose.Imogen
That is as good as going to Church to be the central figures of the mummery of priests.The Book of Khalid
Even to keep an open mind himself to all the muss and mummery of the Church!The Woman Thou Gavest Me
They too recognized him now, and realized that here was no mummery.The Sea-Hawk
It was all humbug––all this mummery about intuitions and unerring perception and inscrutability.Rope
- a performance by mummers
- hypocritical or ostentatious ceremony
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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.
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