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n. Greek Mythology
The god of blame and ridicule.
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n, pl -muses or -mi (-maɪ)
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the god of blame and mockery
2. a cavilling critic
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(ˈmoʊ məs)

(among the ancient Greeks) a personification of faultfinding and ridicule.
[< Latin Mōmus < Greek Mômos]
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They agreed to appoint Momus as judge, and to abide by his decision.
Neither is it ill air only that maketh an ill seat, but ill ways, ill markets; and, if you will consult with Momus, ill neighbors.
"I say, Tom," cried East, having hit on a new idea, "don't you remember, when we were in the upper fourth, and old Momus caught me construing off the leaf of a crib which I'd torn out and put in my book, and which would float out on to the floor, he sent me up to be flogged for it?"
Why, Tom, you wouldn't be so cruel as never to let old Momus hum over the 'O genus humanum' again, and then look up doubtingly through his spectacles, and end by smiling and giving three extra marks for it--just for old sake's sake, I suppose."
As I understand it, that was a valid objection urged by Momus against the house which Minerva made, that she "had not made it movable, by which means a bad neighborhood might be avoided"; and it may still be urged, for our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed in them; and the bad neighborhood to be avoided is our own scurvy selves.
The programme includes award-winning Julie Brook's environmental art, adventurer Dan Richards' journeys to the world's remote places, artist Margaret Fay Shaw's island photography, islander Niall Iain Macdonald's epic solo attempt to row the Atlantic, as well as cult musician Momus who will bring his Unreliable Tour Guide to Stornoway.
A reproduction of that sort of form might be enough to see La Tektor and Denis O'Regan get the better of Liz Doyle's Enjoi Pierji and 125-rated Momus.
Sent over timber at Navan in December, the gelding always travelled strongly under Jack Kennedy, cruising home 13 lengths clear of solid yardstick Momus.
Conclusion Face The Facts has been really disappointing over hurdles so far and Momus should get off the mark in what looks a weak race.
Battleoverdoyen simply took the breath away last time with a thumping 13 length win over Momus at Navan and, just on eyes and looks alone, it was a sparkling effort which had to be given serious credence.
On Tuesday evening, it was reported that a 15-year-old was in Momus Boulevard, Stoke, when she was approached by a man in a vehicle, at around 5pm.
Their first profitable year was 2014, and they have been primarily funded by ads since, breaking about even each year, Gueyikian says "Essentially, they are one of the few, if not the only, commercially viable, native-to-online publishing institutions to emerge in the last decade," says Sky Goodden, editor and publisher of Momus, an online publication that emphasizes art criticism.