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quacksalver

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noun quack·sal·ver \ˈkwak-ˌsal-vər\

Definition of quacksalver



Examples of quacksalver in a sentence

  1. <the medical impostors on the information superhighway are no more scrupulous than earlier quacksalvers who traveled along the streets of towns and villages>



Origin of quacksalver

obsolete Dutch (now kwakzalver)


First Known Use: 1579


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