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humbug    : [h'ʌmb,ʌg]
Humbug \Hum"bug`\, n. [Prob. fr. hum to impose on, deceive bug
a frightful object.]
1. An imposition under fair pretenses; something contrived in
order to deceive and mislead; a trick by cajolery; a hoax.
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2. A spirit of deception; cajolery; trickishness.
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3. One who deceives or misleads; a deceitful or trickish
fellow; an impostor. --Sir J. Stephen.
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Humbug \Hum"bug`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Humbugged}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Humbugging}.]
To deceive; to impose; to cajole; to hoax.
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humbug
n 1: pretentious or silly talk or writing [synonym: {baloney},
{boloney}, {bilgewater}, {bosh}, {drool}, {humbug},
{taradiddle}, {tarradiddle}, {tommyrot}, {tosh}, {twaddle}]
2: communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive [synonym:
{humbug}, {snake oil}]
3: something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended
to gain an advantage [synonym: {fraud}, {fraudulence}, {dupery},
{hoax}, {humbug}, {put-on}]
v 1: trick or deceive

192 Moby Thesaurus words for "humbug":
absurdity, acting, affectation, amphigory, appearance,
attitudinizing, babble, babblement, balderdash, balls, baloney,
bamboozle, beguile, betray, bibble-babble, blabber, blague,
blagueur, blather, blatherskite, bluff, bluffer, bluffing, bombast,
bosh, bull, bullshit, bunk, bunkum, cajole, charlatan,
charlatanism, charlatanry, cheat on, cheating, circumvent,
claptrap, color, coloring, conjure, crap, deceive, deception,
delude, delusion, diddle, disguise, dissemblance, dissembling,
dissimulation, double-cross, double-talk, drivel, drool, dupe,
eyewash, facade, face, fake, fakement, faker, fakery, faking,
false air, false front, false show, falsity, feigning, feint,
fiddle-faddle, fiddledeedee, flam, flapdoodle, flimflam, flummery,
folderol, forestall, four-flushing, fourflusher, fraud, front,
fudge, fustian, gabble, galimatias, gammon, get around, gibber,
gibberish, gibble-gabble, gilt, gloss, gobbledygook, gull, gyp,
hoax, hocus-pocus, hogwash, hoke, hokum, hooey, hornswaggle,
humbuggery, impersonator, impostor, imposture, jabber, jargon,
jiggery-pokery, juggle, let down, malarkey, malingerer, masquerade,
meretriciousness, mislead, mock, moonshine, mountebank,
mumbo jumbo, narrishkeit, niaiserie, nonsense, ostentation,
outmaneuver, outreach, outsmart, outward show, outwit, overreach,
pack of nonsense, palaver, phony, piffle, pigeon, play one false,
playacting, pose, poser, poseur, posing, posture, prate, prattle,
pretender, pretense, pretension, pretext, put something over,
quack, quackery, quackishness, quackism, quacksalver, quackster,
rant, representation, rigamarole, rigmarole, ringer, rip-off,
rodomontade, rot, rubbish, saltimbanco, seeming, sell, semblance,
sham, shammer, show, simulacrum, simulation, skimble-skamble, snow,
speciousness, spoof, string along, stuff and nonsense,
stultiloquence, take in, trash, trick, trumpery, twaddle, twattle,
twiddle-twaddle, two-time, vaporing, varnish, waffling,
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