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trumpery, n. and adj.
Forms: ME–15 trompery(e, (15 tromperey, troumperie, trumprie), 15–16 tromperie, trumperie, 15– trumpery.
Etymology: < French tromperie (14th cent. in Godefroy Compl.), < tromper trump v.2: see -ery suffix 1.
†1. Deceit, fraud, imposture, trickery. Obs.
c1485 (▸1456) G. Hay Bk. Law of Armys (2005) 212 Sa yat thare be na trompery.
a1578 R. Lindsay Hist. & Cron. Scotl. (1899) I. 141 They concordit alltogither in trumperie and fallsit.
1677 T. Gale Court of Gentiles: Pt. III iii. 78 Their Ethics were but false or..imperfect ideas of Vertues..their politics were but carnal and so false reasons of State..and therefore stiled in the Scripture tromperie, deceit, and lies.
1847 B. Disraeli Tancred I. ii. iv. 142 Irish Papists denouncing the whole movement as fraud and trumpery.
1481 Caxton tr. Siege & Conqueste Jerusalem (1893) clxiii. 241 His fayr wordes full of tromperyes and deceytes.
1598 R. Dallington View of Fraunce sig. H jv He left none of his trumperies and double dealings vnreuealed.
1646 Sir T. Browne Pseudodoxia Epidemica vii. xii. 362 He runnes into corners, exercising minor trumperies, and acting his deceits in Witches, Magicians, Diviners.
1687 R. L’Estrange Brief Hist. Times I. 140 How was the Justice of the Nation, Abus’d, and Impos’d upon by the Trumperies of Confederacy.
2. ‘Something of less value than it seems’; hence, ‘something of no value; trifles’ (Johnson); worthless stuff, trash, rubbish. (Usually collective sing.; also, now rarely, pl.)