mummery definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. mummeries
- performance by mummers
- any display or ceremony regarded as pretentious or hypocritical
Origin: Middle French mommerie ; from Old French momer: see mum
mummery definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. mum·mer·ies
- A performance by mummers.
- A pretentious or hypocritical show or ceremony.
Origin: French mommerie, from Old French momer, to wear a mask, pantomime.