Examples of hokum in a Sentence
Everyone knows his story is pure hokum.
His new film is yet another piece of Hollywood hokum.
Recent Examples of hokum from the Web
Returning writers/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore spring for enough offensive fun to keep the audience giggling between the Christmas hokum.
This is hokum, a product of a morbidly amusing photo taken of Dillinger while his body was on display at the Chicago morgue.
When the pre-show finally began, so did the hokum that would define the rest of the night.
This business of saving for future generations is hokum and has become a platitudinous, self-righteous argument legislators use to further their own agendas.
A biting satire attacking the ignorance which provides oxygen for this hokum -- and the tragedy that can result from it -- the BAFTA nominee and Cinefondation alumni is not pulling her punches.
Martin died earlier this year, but his zany approach to life, which included abstaining from tea and water in favor of beer, is captured in How to Live Forever, a new documentary that dips into philosophy, science and hokum.
While some are quick to dismiss astrology as hokum, there may be something to astrologer Betty McKeon’s findings in Donald Trump’s star chart.
Those final 30 or so seconds do a lot of work to cover up what is otherwise a mostly engaging piece of hokum, a grim kidnapping tale that makes a silly hash of psychology.
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Origin and Etymology of hokum
First Known Use: 1908See Words from the same year
Synonymsapplesauce [slang], balderdash, baloney (also boloney), beans, bilge, blah (also blah-blah), blarney, blather, blatherskite, blither, bosh, bull [slang], bunk, bunkum (or buncombe), claptrap, codswallop [British], crapola [slang], crock, drivel, drool, fiddle, fiddle-faddle, fiddlesticks, flannel [British], flapdoodle, folderol (also falderal), folly, foolishness, fudge, garbage, guff, hogwash, hokeypokey, nonsense, hoodoo, hooey, horsefeathers [slang], humbug, humbuggery, jazz, malarkey (also malarky), moonshine, muck, nerts [slang], nuts, piffle, poppycock, punk, rot, rubbish, senselessness, silliness, slush, stupidity, taradiddle (or tarradiddle), tommyrot, tosh, trash, trumpery, twaddle
Related Wordsabsurdity, asininity, fatuity, foolery, idiocy, imbecility, inaneness, inanity, insanity, kookiness, lunacy; absurdness, craziness, madness, senselessness, witlessness; hoity-toity, monkey business, monkeyshine (s), shenanigan (s), tomfoolery; gas, hot air, rigmarole (also rigamarole); double-talk, greek, hocus-pocus
Near Antonymslevelheadedness, rationality, reasonability, reasonableness, sensibleness; common sense, horse sense, sense; discernment, judgment (or judgement), wisdom
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