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mountebank

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noun moun·te·bank \ˈmau̇n-ti-ˌbaŋk\

Simple Definition of mountebank

  • : a dishonest person : a person who tricks and cheats other people

Full Definition of mountebank

  1. 1 :  a person who sells quack medicines from a platform

  2. 2 :  a boastful unscrupulous pretender :  charlatan

moun·te·bank·ery play \-ˌbaŋ-k(ə-)rē\ noun

Examples of mountebank

  1. a gang of swindlers and mountebanks

  2. <claimed that many doctors were frauds and mountebanks>



Origin of mountebank

Italian montimbanco, from montare to mount + in in, on + banco, banca bench


First Known Use: 1577


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mountebank

verb moun·te·bank

Definition of mountebank

obsolete

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to beguile or transform by trickery <I'll mountebank their loves — Shakespeare>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to play the mountebank



1607

First Known Use of mountebank

1607


Medical Dictionary

mountebank

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noun moun·te·bank \ˈmau̇nt-i-ˌbaŋk\

Medical Definition of mountebank

  1. :  an itinerant hawker of pills and patent medicines especially from a platform :  quack <bought an unction of a mountebank—Shak.>




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