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Meaning of MUMMERY

Pronunciation:  'mumuree

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  meaningless ceremonies and flattery

MUMMERY is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: flummery
 See Also: hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mum"mer*y\, n.; pl. {Mummeries}. [F. momerie, of Dutch
or German origin. See {Mumm}.]
1. Masking; frolic in disguise; buffoonery.

         The mummery of foreign strollers.     --Fenton.

2. Farcical show; hypocritical disguise and parade or
   ceremonies. --Bacon.

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