Definition of mummery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈməmərē/

noun (plural mummeries)

1A performance by mummers.
1.1Ridiculous ceremonial, especially of a religious nature: that’s all it is, mere mummery
More example sentences
  • The United Nations is a dim hive of self-interested parties engaged in endless parliamentary mummery, united by a consensual delusion that all nations are equal.
  • The puerility and sloth of the students, the pure nothingness of the curriculum: it's all sham and mummery, gutless as a haiku poem.
  • The traditions of the latter three in divine service were largely those that came to American shores: plain people worshipping plainly who would have no truck with papist mummery.


Mid 16th century: from Old French momerie, from momer (see mummer).

Words that rhyme with mummery

flummery, Montgomery, summary, summery
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