mum·​mery | \ ˈmə-mə-rē How to pronounce mummery (audio) \
plural mummeries

Definition of mummery

1 : a performance by mummers
2 : a ridiculous, hypocritical, or pretentious ceremony or performance

Examples of mummery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the oldest traditions in the United States is begging or the giving tips at the holiday, brought by English settlers and part of the Christmas celebrations associated with mummery and the Lord of Misrule, according to Turino. Steven Goode,, 17 Dec. 2020 Keziah Wallis of Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand says that the rift first appeared in the 19th century, when a new understanding of Buddhism as a rational philosophy free of the mummery of religion began to take hold. The Economist, 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of mummery

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mummery

Middle French momerie, from momer

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“Mummery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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