mountebankery
noun see mountebank I

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Mountebankery — Mount e*bank er*y, n. The practices of a mountebank; quackery; boastful and vain pretenses. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mountebankery — ŋkərē noun ( es) 1. : charlatanry, hocus pocus 2. : an action characteristic of a mountebank this is wonderful mountebankery … at once pathetic and uproarious New York Times …   Useful english dictionary

  • mountebankery — n. deception, fraud …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mountebankery — moun·te·bank·ery …   English syllables

  • mountebank — mountebankery /mown teuh bangk euh ree/, n. /mown teuh bangk /, n. 1. a person who sells quack medicines, as from a platform in public places, attracting and influencing an audience by tricks, storytelling, etc. 2. any charlatan or quack. v.i. 3 …   Universalium

  • Mountebankism — Mount e*bank*ism, n. The practices of a mountebank; mountebankery. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mountebank — I. noun Etymology: Italian montimbanco, from montare to mount + in in, on + banco, banca bench Date: 1577 1. a person who sells quack medicines from a platform 2. a boastful unscrupulous pretender ; charlatan • mountebankery noun II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mountebank — [ maʊntɪbaŋk] noun 1》 a person who deceives others. 2》 historical a person who sold patent medicines in public. Derivatives mountebankery noun Origin C16: from Ital. montambanco, from the imperative phr. monta in banco! climb on the bench! (with… …   English new terms dictionary

  • roguery — n 1. knavishness, rascality, roguishness, churlishness; villainy, miscreancy, reprobacy, incor rigibleness; blackguardism, currishness, caddishness, dastardliness, quackery, Archaic. quacksalvery, mountebankery, charlatanism; imposture,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • mountebank — /ˈmaʊntəbæŋk / (say mowntuhbangk) noun 1. someone who sells quack medicines from a platform in public places, appealing to the audience by tricks, storytelling, etc. 2. any charlatan or quack. –verb (i) 3. to play the mountebank. {Italian… …   Australian English dictionary

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