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trumpery, n. and adj.

Forms:  ME–15 trompery(e, (15 tromperey, troumperie, trumprie), 15–16 tromperie, trumperie, 15– trumpery.
Frequency (in current use): 
Etymology: < French tromperie (14th cent. in Godefroy Compl.), < tromper trump v.2: see -ery suffix 1.

A. n.

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.

pl.

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.)