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Momus

[moh-muh s]
noun, plural Mo·mus·es, Mo·mi [moh-mahy] /ˈmoʊ maɪ/ for 2.
  1. Also Mo·mos [moh-mos] /ˈmoʊ mɒs/. Classical Mythology. the god of ridicule.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) a faultfinder; a carping critic.
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Origin of Momus

< Latin Mōmus < Greek Mômos, special use of mômos blame, ridicule
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Examples from the Web for momus

Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for momus

Momus

noun plural -muses or -mi (-maɪ)
  1. Greek myth the god of blame and mockery
  2. a cavilling critic
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Word Origin and History for momus

Momus

n.

"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.

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