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Momus

[moh-muh s] /ˈmoʊ məs/
noun, plural Momuses, Momi
[moh-mahy] /ˈmoʊ maɪ/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
1.
Also, Momos
[moh-mos] /ˈmoʊ mɒs/ (Show IPA)
. Classical Mythology. the god of ridicule.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) a faultfinder; a carping critic.
Origin of Momus
< Latin Mōmus < Greek Mômos, special use of mômos blame, ridicule
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  • Schann and two others were arrested, and the next day Momus sold his business.

    Vie de Bohme Orlo Williams
  • This indeed has been a temple of Bacchus and Momus from time immemorial.

  • The first day of April is a festival too prominent in the Kalendar of Momus to be passed over without due commemoration.

  • They agreed to appoint Momus as judge, and to abide by his decision.

  • But the preaching of Nathan and the reproach of Momus were feeble, compared to the great tumult that went on in her soul.

    The City of Delight Elizabeth Miller
  • Momus was called upon to decide their merits, but he blamed them all.

    The Student's Mythology Catherine Ann White
  • There was a step behind her and Laodice, coloring shamedly, looked straight into the accusing eyes of Momus who stood there.

    The City of Delight Elizabeth Miller
  • Momus had at last arrived in ancient Deutschland and was feared.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • How funny their tragedy had been, how sad their comedy, Momus only might tell.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • "What a pity that Momus has cut off our credit," said Rodolphe.

British Dictionary definitions for Momus

Momus

/ˈməʊməs/
noun (pl) -muses, -mi (-maɪ)
1.
(Greek myth) the god of blame and mockery
2.
a cavilling critic
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Word Origin and History for Momus
n.

"humorously disagreeable person," 1560s, from Latin, from Greek Momos, nme of the god of ridicule and sarcasm (Greek momos, literally "blame, ridicule, disgrace," of unknown origin); also used in English as personification of fault-finding and captious criticism.

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