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 ?
In the very height of our prosperity my perverse pupil sticks to her trumpery family quarrel.
A truth which only glideth into fine ears, he calleth falsehood and trumpery.
I say--and see that your trumpery be bright in color and just in weight
Thou could'st not prize the rose and the nightingale, but thou wast ready to kiss the swineherd for the sake of a trumpery plaything.
If you are a seer, whenever you meet a man you will see all that he owns, ay, and much that he pretends to disown, behind him, even to his kitchen furniture and all the trumpery which he saves and will not burn, and he will appear to be harnessed to it and making what headway he can.
I declare he quite tormented us all, and when he was quiet at last, out he went into the bit of back garden, picking trumpery little nosegays, and asking me to take them upstairs and make the sick-room look pretty with them.
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.
Poor boy, his wife has quite forgotten him and his trumpery love.
Excuse me for giving you the benefit of my trumpery experience.
Now that is my story, and I have told it in the interest of your trumpery science; but if on any evening hereafter you observe me wearing this damnable watch, and you have the thoughtfulness to ask me the hour, I shall beg leave to put you to the inconvenience of being knocked down.
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!