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 used as an adj.: Barmecidal.

"A Barmecide feast."

Dickens.

 

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