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Apr 14, 2021
This week’s theme
Miscellaneous words

This week’s words
vulnerary
soporific
mummery
intransigence
diffidence

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mummery

PRONUNCIATION:
(MUHM-uh-ree)

MEANING:
noun: An absurd, pretentious, or hypocritical performance.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle French momerie (masquerade), from Old French mommer (to mum or to pantomime). Earliest documented use: 1465.

USAGE:
“To crown this scene of farce and mummery, a clergyman is mounted in their pulpit to harangue them on the blessings of independence.”
Danielle Allen; A Forgotten Founder; The Atlantic (Boston, Massachusetts); Mar 2021.

See more usage examples of mummery in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play. -Arnold J. Toynbee, historian (14 Apr 1889-1975)

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