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From Old French momerie, mommerie.


mummery (countable and uncountable, plural mummeries)

  1. merrymaking; the performance of a mummer
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
      I say the sewer thought I was dressed to bear a part in the tregetour’s mummery, and so I got admission
  2. a ridiculous or ostentatious ceremony, especially of a religious nature
    • 1951, Isaac Asimov, Foundation
      Why, you unweaned cub, he believes in that mummery a good deal less than I do, and I don't believe in it at all.
  3. a showy but empty performance