trumpÂ·erÂ·y â€” ARCHAIC
- n. (pl. -erÂ·ies) attractive articles of little value or use.
- <SPECIAL USAGE> practices or beliefs that are superficially or visually appealing but have little real value or worth.
- adj. showy but worthless: trumpery jewelry.
- <SPECIAL USAGE> delusive or shallow: that trumpery hope which lets us dupe ourselves.
<ORIGIN> late Middle English (denoting trickery): from Old French tromperie, from tromper ‘deceive’.
The New Oxford American Dictionary