What does mummery mean?

Definitions for mummery
ˈmʌm ə rimum·me·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mummery, flummerynoun

    meaningless ceremonies and flattery


  1. mummerynoun

    merrymaking; the performance of a mummer

  2. mummerynoun

    a ridiculous or ostentatious ceremony, especially of a religious nature

  3. mummerynoun

    a showy but empty performance

  4. Etymology: From momerie, mommerie.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mummerynoun

    Masking; frolick in masks; foolery.

    Etymology: momerie, French.

    Here mirth’s but mummery,
    And sorrows only real be. Henry Wotton.

    This open day-light doth not shew the masques and mummeries, and triumphs of the world, half so stately as candlelight. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 1.

    Your fathers
    Disdain’d the mummery of foreign strollers. Elijah Fenton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mummerynoun

    masking; frolic in disguise; buffoonery

  2. Mummerynoun

    farcical show; hypocritical disguise and parade or ceremonies

  3. Etymology: [F. momerie, of Dutch or German origin. See Mumm.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mummery is ranked #117480 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Mummery surname appeared 148 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Mummery.

    97.9% or 145 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mummery in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mummery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of mummery in a Sentence

  1. James Joyce:

    Across the page the numbers moved in grave morrice, in the mummery of their letters, wearing quaint caps of squares and cubes.

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