mummery

noun
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 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, "Monks in Myanmar have a new target," 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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Cite this Entry

“Mummery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mummery. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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