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[muhmp-suh-muh s]
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noun, plural mump·si·mus·es for 2.
  1. adherence to or persistence in an erroneous use of language, memorization, practice, belief, etc., out of habit or obstinacy (opposed to sumpsimus).
  2. a person who persists in a mistaken expression or practice (opposed to sumpsimus).
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Origin of mumpsimus

1520–30; from a story, which perhaps originated with Erasmus, of an illiterate priest who said mumpsimus rather than sūmpsimus (1st plural perfect indicative of Latin sūmere to pick up; see consume) while reciting the liturgy, and refused to change the word when corrected
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Historical Examples

  • We are not going to change our old 'mumpsimus' for anybody's new 'sumpsimus.'

    Res Judicat

    Augustine Birrell

  • Mr. Beckford called the beast, or reptile, a mumpsimus (sic).

  • Mumpsimus, mump′si-mus, n. an error to which one clings after it has been thoroughly exposed.