trump·er·y — ARCHAIC

  • n. (pl. -er·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

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

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