Mummery



[muhm-uh-ree] /ˈmʌm ə ri/

noun, plural mummeries.
1.
the performance of .
2.
any performance, ceremony, etc., regarded as absurd, false, or ostentatious.
/ˈmʌmərɪ/
noun (pl) -meries
1.
a performance by mummers
2.
hypocritical or ostentatious ceremony
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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