from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A performance by mummers.
- n. A pretentious or hypocritical show or ceremony.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. merrymaking; the performance of a mummer
- n. a ridiculous or ostentatious ceremony, especially of a religious nature
- n. a showy but empty performance
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Masking; frolic in disguise; buffoonery.
- n. Farcical show; hypocritical disguise and parade or ceremonies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Pantomime as enacted by mummers; a show or performance of mummers.
- n. A ceremony or performance considered false or pretentious; farcical show; hypocritical disguise and paradc: applied in contempt to various religious ceremonies by people who are of other sects or beliefs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. meaningless ceremonies and flattery
In fact, the mummery is the chief matter – which is what makes the play so attractive to children, and it may be added, so suitable for their performance.
The horse looked about in the thick of the night, as the head of the horse peers out of the cloak, in Welsh mummery, at
The horse looked about in the thick of the night, as the head of the horse peers out of the cloak, in Welsh mummery, at Christmas-tide.
It needed to be left in peace and quiet, not be stirred up to listen to what, in her increasing ire, the nurse termed mummery and flummery.
 The same author says elsewhere, "Columella, Cato, Vitruvius, and Pliny, all had their notions of the advantages of cutting timber at certain ages of the moon; a piece of mummery which is still preserved in the royal ordonnances of France to the conservators of the forests, who are directed to fell oaks only 'in the wane of the moon' and 'when the wind is at north.'"
The "mummery" consisted in slow, gliding motions, in whirlings about intended to be graceful, in slow liftings of the hands upward, and in the beating of the drums.
The bases of morality are sapped in the name of liberty; the discipline of the Church, when not branded as sheer "mummery," is held up as hostile to personal freedom; and her dogmas, with one or two exceptions, are treated as opinions which may be received or rejected with like indifference.
In this "mummery" the most successful spectacle was that presented by a group arranged in obvious ridicule of
In this "mummery" the most successful spectacle was that presented by a group arranged in obvious ridicule of Granvelle.
Mussolini pushed through various municipal "improvements" fit only for fascist mummery.