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Barmecidal

[bahr-muh-sahyd-l] /ˌbɑr məˈsaɪd l/
adjective
1.
giving only the illusion of plenty; illusory:
a Barmecidal banquet.
Also, Barmecide.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; Barmecide + -al1
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Barmecide

/ˈbɑːmɪˌsaɪd/
adjective
1.
lavish or plentiful in imagination only; illusory; sham: a Barmecide feast
Word Origin
C18: from the name of a prince in The Arabian Nights who served empty plates to beggars, alleging that they held sumptuous food
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