Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Plentiful or abundant in appearance only; illusory: a Barmecidal feast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Unreal; illusory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as Barmecide.

Etymologies

After Barmecide, a nobleman in The Arabian Nights, who served an imaginary feast to a beggar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • To an Englishman's judgment the true “part of Hamlet” in a feast is the more generous fluid, and the greatest luxuries are simply Barmecidal without some wholesome stimulant to wash them down; accordingly, my too outspoken honesty protested thus in print against this form of folly in extremes, and either pleased or offended, as friends or foes might choose to take it.

    My Life as an Author

  • The tax rebate is a Barmecidal windfall, coming as it does in the wake of new hidden taxes on consumer goods and services.

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  • 'by his own fireside,' what greater enjoyment can he have than to abandon himself in true Barmecidal fashion to the tempting dainties which the last page of the supplement to the _Times_ offers to his keen appetite!

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 1, January, 1864

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