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n. pl. mum·mer·ies
1. A performance by mummers.
a. Pretentious or hypocritical show or ceremony.
b. An act or instance of this.

[French mommerie, from Old French momer, to wear a mask, pantomime.]


n, pl -meries
1. (Theatre) a performance by mummers
2. hypocritical or ostentatious ceremony


(ˈmʌm ə ri)

n., pl. -mer•ies.
1. a performance by mummers.
2. any absurd, false, or ostentatious performance or ceremony.


1. a performance by mummers, performers wearing masks or fantastic disguises.
2. any showy but empty performance.
See also: Performing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mummery - meaningless ceremonies and flattery
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning


n (old)Pantomimenspiel nt; (fig)Mummenschanz m
References in classic literature ?
--Like a new strange mummery in which mine evil spirit, the melancholy devil, delighteth:--I love Zarathustra, so doth it often seem to me, for the sake of mine evil spirit.--
Heyward possessed some knowledge of the mummery practised among the Indians, in the cases of such supposed visitations.
Granted that my fancy for Hetty was only a cloud of illusions, still I could not, within a few days of her sudden death, go in cold blood to take part in a grotesque and heathenish mummery over her coffin.
As for elves and fairies, and other such mummery, I purposely omit the mention of them, as I should be very unwilling to confine within any bounds those surprizing imaginations, for whose vast capacity the limits of human nature are too narrow; whose works are to be considered as a new creation; and who have consequently just right to do what they will with their own.
If you have any mummery to go through with, there's a very good God the Father in that mortar yonder, in stone, which we stole from Saint-Pierre aux Boeufs.
When they were all gone, and when Trabb and his men - but not his boy: I looked for him - had crammed their mummery into bags, and were gone too, the house felt wholesomer.
Your highness must break short this present mummery.''
In extraordinary cases, the poor savages called in the aid of their own doctors or conjurors, who officiated with great noise and mummery, but with little benefit.
Astonished at what he saw, the Councillor asked what was the meaning of all this mummery, and who that man was.
The fraud went through some more mummery, and then made grave announcement:
how constitutional to thee, and incommunicable.' Whilst we speak the loadstone is withdrawn; down falls our filing in a heap with the rest, and we continue our mummery to the wretched shaving.
The attention so recently strained on one object of interest, was now divided among a hundred; and look where you would, there was a motley assemblage of feasting, laughing, talking, begging, gambling, and mummery.