trumpery

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French tromperie (deceit)

Noun[edit]

trumpery (plural trumperies)

  1. worthless finery; bric-a-brac or junk
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 4 scene 1
      (Prospero, to Ariel)
      This was well done, my bird.
      Thy shape invisible retain thou still:
      The trumpery in my house, go bring it hither
      For stale to catch these thieves.
  2. nonsense
    • South
      Upon the coming of Christ, very much, though not all, of this idolatrous trumpery and superstition was driven out of the world.
  3. (obsolete) deceit; fraud
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Grenewey to this entry?)

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

trumpery (not comparable)

  1. gaudy but of no value
    • 1954, Anthony Buckeridge, According to Jennings
      “Of all the trumpery moonshine!” Mr Wilkins exploded. “What do you think you're playing at, Jennings!”