Etymology
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mummery (n.)

1520s, "a show or performance of mumming," from Old French mommerie, from momer "to mask oneself" (see mummer). Transferred sense of "ridiculous ceremony or ritual" is from 1540s.

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Definitions of mummery

mummery (n.)
meaningless ceremonies and flattery;
Synonyms: flummery
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