trumpery

[truhm-puh-ree]
noun, plural trumperies.
1.
something without use or value; rubbish; trash; worthless stuff.
2.
nonsense; twaddle: His usual conversation is pure trumpery.
3.
Archaic. worthless finery.
adjective
4.
of little or no value; trifling, worthless; rubbishy; trashy.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English trompery deceit < Middle French tromperie, equivalent to tromp(er) to deceive + -erie -ery

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trumpery (ˈtrʌmpərɪ)
 
n , pl -eries
1.  foolish talk or actions
2.  a useless or worthless article; trinket
 
adj
3.  useless or worthless
 
[C15: from Old French tromperie deceit, from tromper to cheat]

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trumpery
1456, "deceit, trickery," from M.Fr. tromperie (14c.), from tromper "to deceive," of uncertain origin. Spelling influenced by trump (v.). Meaning "showy but worthless finery" is first recorded 1610.
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