American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Deceit; fraud.
- n. A showy thing of no intrinsic value; something intended to deceive by false show; worthless finery.
- n. Useless stuff; rubbish; trash.
- n. Nonsense; false or idle talk; foolishness.
- Showy, but useless or unsubstantial; hence, trifling; worthless: as, trumpery ornaments.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Deceit; fraud.
- n. Something serving to deceive by false show or pretense; falsehood; deceit; worthless but showy matter; hence, things worn out and of no value; rubbish.
- adj. Worthless or deceptive in character.
- n. ornamental objects of no great value
- n. nonsensical talk or writing
- Middle English trompery, deceit, from Old French tromperie, from tromper, to deceive. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“What trumpery is this?" he inquired, superciliously, noticing it almost immediately, and grasping the significance of it as promptly.”
“Now, when a story is recited, that is, when it is treated as a dramatic performance, this kind of trumpery is permissible, if ill-advised.”
“In the country, indeed, one is obliged to take up with all kind of trumpery; but in town I visit none but the women of women of quality.”
“In the country, indeed, one is obliged to take up with all kind of trumpery; but in town I visit none but the women of quality.”
“The dinner which followed this unhappy beginning of the evening was as dismal and constrained as if poor "trumpery" were still present.”
“I wonder ---- But I suppose Floyd will save the rest of his 'trumpery' for her!”
“To describe all the trumpery which is immediately around it, in the original, would be a waste of time; but below are two good figures to the right, and two wretched ones to the left.”
“Henry had a contempt for all finery, and had called even his aunt's jewels, when they were first shown to him, "trumpery," asking "what they were good for?”
“trumpery," and so supplement the idea of worthlessness with that other idea, equally grateful to the author, of deceit.”
“Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity. waterloo honey”
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