foppery

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foppery (plural fopperies)

  1. The dress or actions of a fop
    • 1902, G.K. Chesterton, Twelve Types[1]:
      And it is by their fopperies and their frivolities that we know that their sinister philosophy is sincere; in their lights and garlands and ribbons we read their indwelling despair.
  2. Stupidity
    • 1783, William Godwin, Four Early Pamphlets[2]:
      The energies of his mind led him to despise the fopperies of idolatry; and he found the Christians, in the most unfavourable situation, torn into innumerable parties, by the sectaries of Athanasius, Arius, Eutyches, Nestorius.
    • 1867, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poems[3]:
      Still, still the secret presses; The nearing clouds draw down; The crimson morning flames into The fopperies of the town.

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