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Examples of rigmarole in a Sentence
We had to go through the rigmarole of installing, registering, and activating the software before we found out it wouldn't work.
He just told us what to do without all the usual rigamarole.
Recent Examples of rigmarole from the Web
After several hours on set and quite the rigmarole, Carey's guest appearance was nixed.
Science Says: This is the fastest method for cooling a bottle of wine quickly, but also a bit of a rigmarole.
Amazon Music Unlimited offers a free 30-day trial to all new users, but the promotional rigmarole automatically gives you a $10 credit towards a second month's subscription.
Wine is intimidating enough without saddling it with pointless rigmarole.
The delay comes down to the rigmarole of finding the right building to house the antenna tower.
This could make for grim reading except that Dalrymple, besides writing in limpid, elegant English, has an eye for the absurd, especially the absurdity of bureaucratic rigmarole.
Alex Martin went through the entire rigmarole again.
This rigmarole has grown de rigueur enough to inspire a meme.
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Did You Know?
In the Middle Ages, the term Rageman or Ragman referred to a game in which a player randomly selected a string attached to a roll of verses and read the selected verse. The roll was called a Ragman roll after a fictional king purported to be the author of the verses. By the 16th century, ragman and ragman roll were being used figuratively to mean "a list or catalog." Both terms fell out of written use, but ragman roll persisted in speech, and in the 18th century it resurfaced in writing as rigmarole, with the meaning "a succession of confused, meaningless, or foolish statements." In the mid-19th century rigmarole (also spelled rigamarole, reflecting its common pronunciation) acquired its most recent sense, "a complex and ritualistic procedure."
Origin and Etymology of rigmarole
First Known Use: circa 1736See Words from the same year
Synonymsbafflegab, double-talk, gobbledygook (also gobbledegook), gibberish (also rigamarole), song and dance
Related Wordsbureaucratese, computerese, educationese, governmentese, legalese, Pentagonese, psychobabble, technobabble; bombast, fustian, gas, grandiloquence, hot air, hype, oratory, rhetoric, wind
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