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mummery

[muhm-uh-ree] /ˈmʌm ə ri/
noun, plural mummeries.
1.
the performance of mummers.
2.
any performance, ceremony, etc., regarded as absurd, false, or ostentatious.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; mummer + -y3
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mummery

/ˈmʌmərɪ/
noun (pl) -meries
1.
a performance by mummers
2.
hypocritical or ostentatious ceremony
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Word Origin and History for mummery
n.

1520s, "performance of mumming," from Old French mommerie, from momer (see mummer). Transferred sense of "ridiculous ceremony or ritual" is from 1540s.

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