quackery

noun
quack·​ery | \ˈkwa-k(ə-)rē \

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

To many doctors, advocating a specific drug to cure a specific disease seemed the height of quackery. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 The daily quackery has left the public tolerant as of a new TV series. John Havelock, Anchorage Daily News, "Citizens need to see through Trump’s noise and pressure Congress to do the right thing," 21 Mar. 2018 And that same part of me wonders where the management of a baseball team gets off promoting what may well be camouflaged quackery to its players. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, "Royals GM Dayton Moore Makes Bizarre and Troubling Choice to Host Anti-Porn Activists," 21 Mar. 2018 That event provoked the usual Internet chorus of mockery, accusations of quackery, and the gleeful tearing down of a very famous person who also happens to be an unusually successful female entrepreneur and a celebrated actress. Benjy Hansen-bundy, GQ, "Health, Wellness, and Communion with the Dead at Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Summit," 30 Jan. 2018 Scientists and health experts have repeatedly denounced homeopathy as quackery and noted that any reported benefits are down to nothing more than the placebo effect. Ars Technica, SELF, "This Med School Just Quietly Cut Homeopathy From Its List of Services," 2 Oct. 2017 Scientists and health experts have repeatedly denounced homeopathy as quackery and noted that any reported benefits are down to nothing more than the placebo effect. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Homeopathic detox: Med school quietly flushes quack science after criticism," 27 Sep. 2017 In his campaign, Trump repeated his vaccine quackery and dismissed climate change as a fraud. William Saletan, Slate Magazine, "The “Opposition Party” Keeps Getting Bigger," 8 Mar. 2017 Scientists and health experts have repeatedly denounced homeopathy as quackery and noted that any reported benefits are down to nothing more than the placebo effect. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Homeopathic detox: Med school quietly flushes quack science after criticism," 27 Sep. 2017

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circa 1711, in the meaning defined above

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quackery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quackery

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

quackery

noun
quack·​ery | \ˈkwak-(ə-)rē \
plural quackeries

Medical Definition of quackery 

: the practices or pretensions of a quack

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