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Trump(e)rie, n. Also: trumpary, trump(e)ry, tromperie, trompery. [e.m.E. trompery (Caxton), trumperie (1531), tromperie (1566), trumpery (Shakespeare), OF tromperie.]

1. Deceit, trickery; wrongdoing. Also pl. 1456 Hay I 226/21.
Sa that thare be na trompery
1490 Irland Mir. II 140/36.
Thar thocht is bot trumpery falset and decepcioun in thir materis
c1490 Porteous Noblenes 179/2 (Asl.).
The fox oftymes for all his wylis be trumpary and for litill thing is dissauit
1571 Sat. P. xxix 42.
The grace of God his trumpry bringis to lychte
a1578 Pitsc. I 141/27.
They concordit alltogither in trumperie and fallsit
1591-2 Rob Stene 16.
Sic trumpry and sic gyle
1596 Dalr. II 231/25.
Our king held a justice air … and punist seueirlie quhat ather was neglected be the magistrate, or trumprie committed be wicked and vitious persounis
1587-99 Hume 9/3.
Not constant trueth, but tromperie I detract
1581-1623 James VI Poems II 111/31.
Trumprie ouer trueth his triumphe soundes
16… Anal. Scot. II 104.
To compleat his trumperie and our losse, The Church he sels for a Santandrous crosse
pl. c1590 Fowler II 33/2.
Nane thair is … that can not perceaue it [sc. the chastity of the Roman prelates] to be only an heip of trumperies, deceits, & superstitious abusis

2. Applied to non-material things: Nonsense, rubbish. Also 1456 Hay I 287/2.
Gif fulis … be sa daft that thai wage bataill for lytill, evyn as to say … that he dauncis or syngis better na he dois, or for syk maner of tromperyis [etc.]
1539 St. P. Henry VIII V 149.
Exhortand ȝow, our gude freynd, … nocht to gif regard nor be pensive of sic trumparyis, proceding as apperis of licht myndis
sing. 1586–7 Warrender P. (SHS) I 271.
[The Queen] furnished with her superstitious trumperie [began] … verie fastlie to pray in Lattin
1628 Butler Leighton 35.
The tottering prelats, with their trumpry all, Shall moulder downe, like elder from the wall

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