Definition of mummery in English:


Line breaks: mum|mery
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌm(ə)ri

noun (plural mummeries)

  • 1A performance by mummers.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] Ridiculous or extravagant ceremonial procedures.
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    • 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).

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