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Full of mumbo-jumbo about "inner-directed" and "outer-directed" personalities.

"Every society has its mumbo-jumbo to keep it in order," said Arkwright.

Then that must have been a masquerade, that other time—all that mumbo-jumbo with the Anagrams.

Ive no use for your Mumbo-Jumbo trickery and Manchester morality.

They may fill the interval with hoodoo rites, caste divisions or Mumbo-Jumbo worship, as they please.

Pauline actually believed in her religion, believed in it to the extent of dishonoring their love to appease the mumbo-jumbo.

Comes the alarm crash of the Sanctus thrice repeated, the mumbo-jumbo of fast-gabbled Latin, the exultant organ.

No mumbo-jumbo of superstition, no awe of strangers who had suddenly descended upon them from the sky.

We fulfil those demands to a certain extent, but we do not make a mumbo-jumbo of them.

WORD ORIGIN

1738, name of an idol supposedly worshipped by certain tribes in Africa; said to be a corruption of words in Mandingo (one reconstructed version is Mama Dyumbo), but no likely source has been found in the languages of the Niger region, to which the original accounts relate. Meaning "big, empty talk" is attested from 1896.

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