Barmecidal

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adjective Bar·me·cid·al \ ˌbär-mə-ˈsī-dᵊl \
variants: or Barmecide play \ˈbär-mə-ˌsīd\

Definition of Barmecidal

:providing only the illusion of abundance
  • a Barmecidal feast

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Barmecide is the name of a family of princes in a tale from The Thousand and One Nights (also known as The Arabian Nights' Entertainment). One prince in the family torments a beggar by inviting him to a fabulous feast, at which all the dishes are imaginary. The poor man plays along with his malicious host, pretending to get drunk on the imaginary wine; he then gets even by knocking down the patronizing royal.

Origin and Etymology of barmecidal

Barmecide, a wealthy Persian, who, in a tale of The Arabian Nights' Entertainments, invited a beggar to a feast of imaginary food


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