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mummery

[ muhm-uh-ree ]
/ ˈmʌm ə ri /
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noun, plural mum·mer·ies.

the performance of mummers.
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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British Dictionary definitions for mummery

mummery
/ (ˈmʌmərɪ) /

noun plural -meries

a performance by mummers
hypocritical or ostentatious ceremony
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