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trumpery

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noun trum·pery \ˈtrəm-p(ə-)rē\

Definition of trumpery

  1. 1a :  worthless nonsenseb :  trivial or useless articles :  junk <a wagon loaded with household trumpery — Washington Irving>

  2. 2 archaic :  tawdry finery

trumpery adjective


Examples of trumpery

  1. <claims for weight-loss products that are based much more on Madison-Avenue trumpery than on bariatric science>



Origin of trumpery

Middle English (Scots) trompery deceit, from Middle French, from tromper to deceive


First Known Use: 15th century


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