1. noun
gaudy but of no value

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  • Trumpery — Trump er*y, n. [F. tromperie deceit, fr. tromper to deceive. See {Trump} to trick.] 1. Deceit; fraud. [Obs.] Grenewey. [1913 Webster] 2. Something serving to deceive by false show or pretense; falsehood; deceit; worthless but showy matter; hence …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trumpery — Trump er*y, a. Worthless or deceptive in character. A trumpery little ring. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trumpery — index deception, falsification Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • trumpery — mid 15c., deceit, trickery, from M.Fr. tromperie (14c.), from tromper to deceive, of uncertain origin. Spelling influenced by trump (v.). Meaning showy but worthless finery is first recorded c.1600 …   Etymology dictionary

  • trumpery — [trump′ər ē] n. pl. trumperies [ME trompery < MFr tromperie < tromper, to deceive, cheat < ? tromper, to play the trumpet: see TRUMP2] 1. something showy but worthless 2. nonsense; rubbish adj. showy but worthless; trashy; paltry …   English World dictionary

  • trumpery — noun Etymology: Middle English (Scots) trompery deceit, from Middle French, from tromper to deceive Date: 15th century 1. a. worthless nonsense b. trivial or useless articles ; junk < a wagon loaded with household trumpery Washington Irving > 2.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • trumpery —    An obsolete term that was formerly applied to women as a vocative, in the sense of ‘trash, rubbish’. Goldsmith’s The Vicar of Wakefield has: ‘Out, I say…tramp, thou infamous strumpet What! you trumpery, to come and take up an honest house… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • trumpery — n. & adj. n. (pl. ies) 1 a worthless finery. b a worthless article. 2 rubbish. adj. 1 showy but worthless (trumpery jewels). 2 delusive, shallow (trumpery arguments). Etymology: ME f. OF tromperie f. tromper deceive …   Useful english dictionary

  • trumpery — /trum peuh ree/, n., pl. trumperies, adj. n. 1. something without use or value; rubbish; trash; worthless stuff. 2. nonsense; twaddle: His usual conversation is pure trumpery. 3. Archaic. worthless finery. adj. 4. of little or no value; trifling …   Universalium

  • trumpery — Synonyms and related words: absurdity, amphigory, babble, babblement, balderdash, base, bibble babble, bilge, blabber, blather, bombast, bravery, bric a brac, bunkum, bushwa, chaff, cheesy, chicken feed, chickenshit, chiffon, claptrap, clinquant …   Moby Thesaurus

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