Mumbo Jumbo

Mumbo Jumbo
Mumbo Jumbo Mum"bo Jum"bo, n. [Perh. fr. the native name of an African god.] 1. Among the Mandingos of the western Sudan, a bugbear by means of which the women are terrified and disciplined by societies of the men, one of whom assumes a masquerade for the purpose; hence, loosely, any Negro idol, fetish, or bugaboo. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The miserable Mumbo Jumbo they paraded. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

2. An object of superstitious homage and fear. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

3. Incomprehensible or senseless language, usually intended to avoid answering plainly, confuse a listener, or obscure an issue. [PJC]

4. Language so arcane or obscure as to be unintelligible to the listener. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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