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mummery

[muhm-uh-ree]
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noun, plural mum·mer·ies.
  1. the performance of mummers.
  2. any performance, ceremony, etc., regarded as absurd, false, or ostentatious.
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Origin of mummery

First recorded in 1520–30; mummer + -y3
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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


British Dictionary definitions for mummery

mummery

noun plural -meries
  1. a performance by mummers
  2. hypocritical or ostentatious ceremony
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Word Origin and History for mummery

n.

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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