mummery

mummery

[muhm-uh-ree]
noun, plural mummeries.
1.
the performance of mummers.
2.
any performance, ceremony, etc., regarded as absurd, false, or ostentatious.

Origin:
1520–30; mummer + -y3

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mummery (ˈmʌmərɪ)
 
n , pl -meries
1.  a performance by mummers
2.  hypocritical or ostentatious ceremony

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