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  • noun Plural form of mummery.


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  • When dying the unfortunate musician bequeathed his daughter to the doctor, who was already her godfather, in spite of his repugnance for what he called the mummeries of the Church.


  • They frowned severely on what they termed the mummeries of Madawando.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec

  • It is interesting that the word mummeries, which excited so much indignation in Lord John's Durham letter, occurs in this letter.

    Lady John Russell

  • Strutt [40] says that the "mummeries" practised by the lower classes of the people usually took place at the Christmas holidays; and such persons as could not procure masks rubbed their faces over with soot, or painted them; hence Sebastian Brant, in his "Ship of Fools"

    Christmas: Its Origin and Associations Together with Its Historical Events and Festive Celebrations During Nineteen Centuries

  • After dinner the loving cup went round: the minstrels led in the players: and they had dramatic shows, songs, dances and 'mummeries' for the rest of the day.

    The History of London

  • Madame de Motteville has left us an amusing recital of the "mummeries," as she terms them, of which she was a witness.

    Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • Indeed, the missionaries, in their various religious ceremonies, -- or "mummeries," as they might be better styled, -- have always made large use of these palm-candles.

    The Forest Exiles The Perils of a Peruvian Family in the Wilds of the Amazon

  • "mummeries" in the affair of the dropped letters, 74; her account of the Queen's reception of the news of the abortive attempt to kill Mazarin, 103; her portrait of Madame de Longueville, 135; the principal motive which urged La Rochefoucauld to woo the

    Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • The candles, pictures, images, rosary, holdy water, ringing of bells, chanting in an unknown tongue -- all these mummeries which are so conspicuous in a Catholic service interest me chiefly from the fact

    Letter to Young John Allen,December 28, 1889

  • The constituents for that representative will have time to read it, or read a trusted source that provides mummeries and they will have time to inform their representative of their feelings about abill.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Read the Bill — A Reply to Eric:


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