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(Mummery,) Mumré, Mommerie, n. [MF. mommerie (F. momerie), MDu. mommerie, e.m.E. mommery (1530), mummary (1533), -ery, mumry.] a. A mumming performance, a masquerade. Also attrib. with -graith. b. transf. to a religious form or ritual regarded as preposterous or empty ‘playacting’. — a. Pro le mumre regis erga Natale; 1465–6 Exch. R. VII. 423.
attrib. Et pro certis necessariis liberatis Johanni Rate, pictori, ad le mumre grathe in yeme elapsa … lvij li.; 1466 Exch. R. VII. 501.
b. Anuther mummerie be the belt quhairwith the aube is trussit to signifie the band of the luif of God; 1565 Gathering of the Halie Signes 24.
Ye see they have already preferred the leaven of the Pharisees and gone to mumchances, mummeries and unknown language; R. Bruce Serm. 259.

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