trumpery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trumpery ornamental objects of no great value
    • n trumpery nonsensical talk or writing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Trumpery Deceit; fraud.
    • Trumpery Something serving to deceive by false show or pretense; falsehood; deceit; worthless but showy matter; hence, things worn out and of no value; rubbish. "The trumpery in my house, go bring it hither,
      for state to catch these thieves."
      "Upon the coming of Christ, very much, though not all, of this idolatrous trumpery and superstition was driven out of the world."
    • a Trumpery Worthless or deceptive in character. "A trumpery little ring."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trumpery Deceit; fraud.
    • n trumpery A showy thing of no intrinsic value; something intended to deceive by false show; worthless finery.
    • n trumpery Useless stuff; rubbish; trash.
    • n trumpery Nonsense; false or idle talk; foolishness.
    • trumpery Showy, but useless or unsubstantial; hence, trifling; worthless: as, trumpery ornaments.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Trumpery something showy but worthless: rubbish: nonsense, idle talk
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tromperie, deceit, fr. tromper, to deceive. See Trump to trick
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tromper, to deceive, orig. to play on the trump.

Usage

In literature:

Some of those fellows up there are such a trumpery lot.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
Scales fall from our eyes, perspective is restored, and we see what a trumpery affair held us enthralled.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
Yes, you would think an Irishman and a good Catholic would have seen through such a trumpery trick.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
People courted trash and trumpery.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
We are tired of thy trumpery state.
"The Pirate Woman" by Aylward Edward Dingle
What has this trumpery to do with us?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
And now that old trumpery must interfere too!
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
As though such mere external trumpery could create anew the now waning love for military service!
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
And it was a stupid arrangement, too: two is company, three trumpery.
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
There was a recent trumpery case, heard by Mr. Cooper amid shouts of mirth.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Thank God, we have got rid of that fashionable trumpery.
"The Lawyers, A Drama in Five Acts" by Augustus William Iffland
What do you mean to do with all this trumpery?
"Devil Stories" by Various
We don't pay them with a trumpery wreath like your Romans.
"Coelebs In Search of a Wife" by Hannah More
We had expected a great show of regalia and the other trumpery of court display about the Commandant-General.
"A Volunteer with Pike" by Robert Ames Bennet
How in the world could I have been bothering my head about a trumpery and impossible dog?
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
Would you believe that such a piece of trumpery, an old shoe, has the slightest right to be jealous of a man like me?
"Maximina" by Armando Palacio Valdés
What does all the trumpery in the world amount to now?
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
As for the other traditions and trumpery gathered in this ecclesiastical side-show, they are unworthy of critical attention.
"The Ship Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
And now get ready your trumpery papers that I have to sign.
"The Green Book" by Mór Jókai
But do you just let the trumpery lie, notwithstanding.
"The Ego and His Own" by Max Stirner
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In poetry:

"Howe'er, thy trumpery flashes play
Among the miracles above thee,
Be taught to feel thy Maker's sway,
To labour, so that He shall love thee,
And guide thy way.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore