quackery

noun
quack·​ery | \ ˈkwa-k(ə-)rē How to pronounce quackery (audio) \

Definition of quackery

: the practices or pretensions of a quack

Examples of quackery in a Sentence

His cure was nothing but quackery.
Recent Examples on the Web But Goldstein is serious about his work, and the film addresses the criticisms and accusations of quackery that have plagued him. Teo Bugbee, New York Times, "‘The Dog Doc’ Review: How Puppies Heal (and Heel)," 12 Mar. 2020 Nearly all economists have rejected returning to the gold standard as economic quackery that would have dire consequences if put into practice. al, "Whitmire: Can Shelby save Fed from fool’s gold?," 19 Jan. 2020 These were paradoxical rivers, precious cold headwaters in the desert, the fish runs kept barely alive with billions in work-arounds and techno-quackery. Patrick Symmes, Harper's magazine, "The $68,000 Fish," 28 Oct. 2019 In 1910, Abraham Flexner, an American educator and education scholar, was hired by the Carnegie Foundation to tour the US and shut down medical schools that were selling quackery, or taking people’s money and not training them, says Piemonte. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Should we be testing doctors for empathy?," 24 Oct. 2019 These are all medical quackery, nothing a doctor would recommend. Amy Dickinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Ask Amy: Wronged ex-wife struggles with memorial service," 15 July 2019 These are all medical quackery, nothing a doctor would recommend. Amy Dickinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Ask Amy: Wronged ex-wife struggles with memorial service," 15 July 2019 Fat from the American rattlesnake isn’t so useful, but that didn’t stop entrepreneurs from rendering the fat, bottling it—and turning snake oil into a synonym for quackery. Lloyd Minor, Fortune, "Why Google’s Crackdown on Fake Medicine Is So Important," 9 Sep. 2019 These are all medical quackery, nothing a doctor would recommend. Amy Dickinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Ask Amy: Wronged ex-wife struggles with memorial service," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of quackery

circa 1711, in the meaning defined above

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“Quackery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quackery. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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quackery

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English Language Learners Definition of quackery

disapproving : the methods and treatments used by unskillful doctors or by people who pretend to be doctors

quackery

noun
quack·​ery | \ ˈkwak-(ə-)rē How to pronounce quackery (audio) \
plural quackeries

Medical Definition of quackery

: the practices or pretensions of a quack

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