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trumpery

[ truhm-puh-ree ]
/ ˈtrʌm pə ri /
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noun, plural trump·er·ies.
something without use or value; rubbish; trash; worthless stuff.
nonsense; twaddle: His usual conversation is pure trumpery.
Archaic. worthless finery.
adjective
of little or no value; trifling, worthless; rubbishy; trashy.
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Origin of trumpery

1425–75; late Middle English trompery deceit <Middle French tromperie, equivalent to tromp(er) to deceive + -erie-ery
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British Dictionary definitions for trumpery

trumpery
/ (ˈtrʌmpərɪ) /

noun plural -eries
foolish talk or actions
a useless or worthless article; trinket
adjective
useless or worthless

Word Origin for trumpery

C15: from Old French tromperie deceit, from tromper to cheat
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