empty show

See: pretense
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the dread of what will my neighbour think, with luxuries that only cloy, with pleasures that bore, with empty show that, like the criminal's iron crown of yore, makes to bleed and swoon the aching head that wears it!
It is by labouring to this end that we can best honour those who died and make today's celebrations no empty show of symbolism.
Despite his political commitment, however, there is a sense of solidarity with the underdog that sees the changes from empire to nation as empty show, and a quietist awareness of intellectual separation from the peasant that takes the edge off any message of radical social reform.
Just as the velvet bag Jack McConnell self-consciously carried on his arm was empty, so too was this a pretty empty show of loyalty.
More pointedly, another related piece has two similar, but much larger, jars marked "Jew" and "Arab" which despite being empty show traces of what might be blood having overflown from them.
Otherwise all our works are relegated to empty show or the dilettante facile act of manipulating fashion.
The mood of the nation demanded the guillotine and what we got was an empty show trial.
Among the most poignant of all tributes was at the empty show ground at Braemar.
But we will not be satisfied with an empty show of strength from a party riding high in the opinion polls.
Prynne, like Protestant polemicists of the first half of the sixteenth century, saw Roman Catholic ritual to be empty shows disconnected from substance and lacking in integrity.
Although the state -- and by "state," I am referring to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and military/civilian tutelage institutions -- was trying to give the impression, through empty shows of power, that it was still powerful, it embodied an administrative mentality that failed to make its citizens happy, and even worse, saw them as its archenemy.