trumpery


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trump·er·y

(trŭm′pə-rē)
n. pl. trump·er·ies
1. Showy but worthless finery; bric-a-brac.
2. Nonsense; rubbish.
3. Deception; trickery; fraud.

[Middle English trompery, deceit, from Middle French tromperie, from tromper, to deceive, from Old French se tromper de (quelqu'un), to deceive, mock (literally, "to play (someone) like a trumpet"), from tromper, to play the trumpet, from trompe, horn, trumpet; see trumpet.]

trumpery

(ˈtrʌmpərɪ)
n, pl -eries
1. foolish talk or actions
2. a useless or worthless article; trinket
adj
useless or worthless
[C15: from Old French tromperie deceit, from tromper to cheat]

trump•er•y

(ˈtrʌm pə ri)

n., pl. -ries,
adj. n.
1. something without use or value.
2. nonsense; twaddle.
3. Archaic. worthless finery.
adj.
4. of little or no value; worthless; rubbishy.
[1425–75; late Middle English trompery deceit < Middle French tromperie=tromp(er) to deceive (Middle French: to trifle, play with, orig., to play the trumpet; see trump2) + -erie -ery]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trumpery - nonsensical talk or writing
drivel, garbage - a worthless message
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
2.trumpery - ornamental objects of no great valuetrumpery - ornamental objects of no great value
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
Translations

trumpery

[ˈtrʌmpərɪ]
A. ADJ (= frivolous) → frívolo; (= valueless) → inútil, sin valor; (= insignificant) → sin importancia; (= trashy) → de relumbrón
B. Noropel m

trumpery

nPlunder m no pl; (= ornaments)Kitsch m; (= jewellery)Flitterkram m; (= nonsense)Unsinn m
adjbillig; ornaments alsokitschig
References in classic literature ?
Nay, his busy fancy already realized his hopes, and presented to him the blooming Katrina, with a whole family of children, mounted on the top of a wagon loaded with household trumpery, with pots and kettles dangling beneath; and he beheld himself bestriding a pacing mare, with a colt at her heels, setting out for Kentucky, Tennessee, --or the Lord knows where!
Get out wid ye, ye trumpery,--I won't have ye round
In the very height of our prosperity my perverse pupil sticks to her trumpery family quarrel.
Here were two people to whom life had given casually what I was compelled to go seeking lonely and footsore through the world, and with little hope of finding it at the end; and yet were they so little aware of their good fortune as to risk it over a trumpery theory, a shadow of pseudo-philosophy.
Do you suppose my feelings are a trumpery set of social observances, to be harrowed to order and exhibited at funerals?
and members of his family, traced among the branches of a weeping willow with other sentimentalities invented by royalism during the Terror,--in spite of his ruins, the chevalier, trimming his beard before a shabby old toilet-table, draped with trumpery lace, exhaled an essence of the eighteenth century.
Here, Dickon, are a few articles of Bess’ trumpery, that you can throw into your sleigh when ready; and there is also a deer of my taking, that I will thank you to bring.
I say--and see that your trumpery be bright in color and just in weight
All he saw was the trumpery parasol that arched its pinkness above her giggling head.
Think of Milton, Shakespeare, Washington, standing before a reverent world tricked out in the glass beads, the brass ear-rings and tin trumpery of the savages of the plains!
It's the way to make any trumpery tempting, to ticket it at a high price in that way.
Poor boy, his wife has quite forgotten him and his trumpery love.