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Meaning of BARMECIDE

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Bar"me*cide\, n. [A prince of the Barmecide family,
who, as related in the ``Arabian Nights' Tales'', pretended
to set before the hungry Shacabac food, on which the latter
pretended to feast.]
One who proffers some illusory advantage or benefit. Also
used as an adj.: Barmecidal. ``A Barmecide feast.''
--Dickens.

 

 

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