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trumpery

[truhm-puh-ree] /ˈtrʌm pə ri/
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
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English trompery deceit < Middle French tromperie, equivalent to tromp(er) to deceive + -erie -ery
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Examples for trumpery
  • Last week she went to the market and stole trumpery jewelry from a vendor's stall.
British Dictionary definitions for trumpery

trumpery

/ˈtrʌmpərɪ/
noun (pl) -eries
1.
foolish talk or actions
2.
a useless or worthless article; trinket
adjective
3.
useless or worthless
Word Origin
C15: from Old French tromperie deceit, from tromper to cheat
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Word Origin and History for trumpery
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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