Barmecidal

Barmecidal
or Barmecide adjective Etymology: Barmecide, a wealthy Persian, who, in a tale of The Arabian Nights' Entertainments, invited a beggar to a feast of imaginary food Date: 1842 providing only the illusion of abundance <
a Barmecidal feast
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  • Barmecidal — Bar me*ci dal, a. [See {Barmecide}.] Unreal; illusory. A sort of Barmecidal feast. Hood. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Barmecidal — /bahr meuh suyd l/, adj. giving only the illusion of plenty; illusory: a Barmecidal banquet. Also, Barmecide. [1835 45; BARMECIDE + AL1] * * * …   Universalium

  • Barmecidal — Bar•me•cid•al [[t]ˌbɑr məˈsaɪd l[/t]] also Bar′me•cide adj. lit. giving only the illusion of plenty; illusory: a Barmecidal banquet[/ex] • Etymology: 1835–45; alluding to the Barmecides, a noble family in The Arabian Nights who served a feast… …   From formal English to slang

  • barmecidal — bar·me·ci·dal …   English syllables

  • barmecidal — /ˈbaməsaɪdl/ (say bahmuhsuydl) adjective of benefits, imagined or illusory. Also, barmecide. {from the name of a member of a Persian family who gave a beggar a pretended feast with empty dishes} …   Australian English dictionary

  • barmecidal — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Barmecide — Bar me*cide, n. [A prince of the Barmecide family, who, as related in the Arabian Nights Tales , pretended to set before the hungry Shacabac food, on which the latter pretended to feast.] One who proffers some illusory advantage or benefit. Also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Barmecide — adjective see Barmecidal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Barmecide (feast) — [bär′mə sīd΄] n. 〚after a prince in The Arabian Nights who served such a feast〛 1. a pretended feast with no food 2. any pretended or illusory generosity or hospitality Barmecidal [bär΄məsīd′ l] adj. * * * …   Universalium

  • Barmecide — /bahr meuh suyd /, n. 1. a member of a noble Persian family of Baghdad who, according to a tale in The Arabian Nights Entertainments, gave a beggar a pretended feast with empty dishes. adj. 2. Barmecidal. [ < Pers Barmeki family name, lit.,… …   Universalium

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