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Borrowing from French tromperie ‎(deceit).


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?)



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!”