Mummery Mum"mer*y, n.; pl. {Mummeries}. [F. momerie, of Dutch or German origin. See {Mumm}.] 1. Masking; frolic in disguise; buffoonery. [1913 Webster]

The mummery of foreign strollers. --Fenton. [1913 Webster]

2. Farcical show; hypocritical disguise and parade or ceremonies. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

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