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humbug

noun

1 humbug

Pretentious or silly talk or writing.

synonyms: baloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, drool, taradiddle, tarradiddle, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle.

Roget 517: meaninglessness, unmeaningness etc. adj.; scrabble.    empty sound, dead letter, vox et praeterea nihil [Lat.]; a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing;" sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal.   " nonsense, utter nonsense, gibberish; ... show more

Dutch: gebrabbel, kolder, nonsens, onzin, ruimwater, zever
Polish: humbug



2 humbug

Communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive.

synonym: snake oil.

3 humbug

Something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage.

synonyms: dupery, fraud, fraudulence, hoax, put-on.

Roget 544: falsehood, falseness; falsity, falsification; deception etc. 545; untruth etc. 546; guile; lying etc. ... show more

Roget 548: deceiver etc. (deceive) etc. 545; dissembler, hypocrite; sophist, Pharisee, Jesuit, Mawworm, Pecksniff, Joseph Surface, Tartufe, ... show more

Dutch: fraude, geknoei, gerommel, gesjoemel, hoax, knoeierij, oplichterij

verb

1 humbug

Trick or deceive.

Roget 545: deceive, take in; defraud, cheat, jockey, do, cozen, diddle, nab, chouse, play one false, bilk, cully, jilt, ... show more


Moby thesaurus: absurdity, acting, affectation, amphigory, appearance, attitudinizing, babble, babblement, balderdash, balls, baloney, bamboozle, beguile, betray, bibble-babble, blabber, blague, blagueur, blather, blatherskite ... show more.

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