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[muhm-uh-ree] /ˈmʌm ə ri/
noun, plural mummeries.
the performance of mummers.
any performance, ceremony, etc., regarded as absurd, false, or ostentatious.
Origin of mummery
1520-30; mummer + -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was loosed from the triangles, and tied to a neighbouring stake, after the mummery of a five minutes' court-martial.

  • But your hypocrisy and your mummery shall serve you to little purpose.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • But he knew very well how it was: it was a miserable piece of mummery that was played only in spite of him.

    Caleb Williams William Godwin
  • It was all humbug––all this mummery about intuitions and unerring perception and inscrutability.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
  • One thing only was wanting, as a Jacobin bitterly remarked—the million of men who were slain to end all that mummery.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • These latter had, each of them, some mummery peculiar to himself.

  • His religion is a mummery, and his Gospel-walkings nothing but dancing a masquerade.

  • For the rest, if this mummery humbles Lord Warwick, gramercy!

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • This mummery, this altar toy, destined for some Papist mission-house, has lain all these years in the brackish Sound.

    Tales of the Chesapeake George Alfred Townsend
  • What an exhibition of mummery it was in that time-begrimed temple!

    Due West Maturin Murray Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for mummery


noun (pl) -meries
a performance by mummers
hypocritical or ostentatious ceremony
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mummery

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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