- ['bα:mɪsʌɪd]adjective rare illusory or imaginary and therefore disappointing.OriginC18: from Arab. Barmakī, a prince in the Arabian Nights' Entertainments, who gave a beggar a feast consisting of ornate but empty dishes.
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Barmecide — , BARMECIDE S FEAST According to the The Barber s Story of his Sixth Brother in the Tales from the Arabian Nights, Barmecide is an illusion, particularly one containing a great disappointment. The story begins in Baghdad, where a member of… … Dictionary of eponyms
Barmecide — Bar me*cide, n. [A prince of the Barmecide family, who, as related in the Arabian Nights Tales , pretended to set before the hungry Shacabac food, on which the latter pretended to feast.] One who proffers some illusory advantage or benefit. Also… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Barmecide — adjective see Barmecidal … New Collegiate Dictionary
Barmecide — /bahr meuh suyd /, n. 1. a member of a noble Persian family of Baghdad who, according to a tale in The Arabian Nights Entertainments, gave a beggar a pretended feast with empty dishes. adj. 2. Barmecidal. [ < Pers Barmeki family name, lit.,… … Universalium
barmecide — a. Delusive, illusory, tantalizing, mock, make believe, sham, unsatisfying, visionary, unsubstantial, unreal … New dictionary of synonyms
barmecide — bar·me·cide … English syllables
Barmecide — n. giver of illlusory benefits. ♦ Barmecidal, a … Dictionary of difficult words
barmecide — adj. & n. adj. illusory, imaginary; such as to disappoint. n. a giver of benefits that are illusory or disappointing. Etymology: the name of a wealthy man in the Arabian Nights Entertainments who gave a beggar a feast consisting of ornate but… … Useful english dictionary
Barmecide feast — Barmecide feast, 1. a pretended feast with empty dishes. 2. an empty pretense of hospitality, generosity, or other kindnesses or benefits. ╂[< Barmecide] … Useful english dictionary
Barmecide (feast) — [bär′mə sīd΄] n. 〚after a prince in The Arabian Nights who served such a feast〛 1. a pretended feast with no food 2. any pretended or illusory generosity or hospitality Barmecidal [bär΄məsīd′ l] adj. * * * … Universalium