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Variant of kermis.
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a variant spelling of kermis
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or ker•mess

(ˈkɜr mɪs)

1. (in the Low Countries) a local annual outdoor fair or festival.
2. a similar entertainment usu. for charitable purposes.
[1570–80; < Dutch, earlier ker(c)misse (kerc church + misse mass2); orig. a fair at the dedication of a church]
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Kirmess's The Australian Crisis (1909), presents its warning against Asian invasion from 1922, where the imminence of the year reflects the author's sense of urgency.
Kirmess, Charles H., "The Commonwealth Crisis," 1908-1909