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 his practice is neither a superhuman capability nor New Age quackery. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2022 Anchorage was no more immune from medical quackery than any other town in Alaska or the rest of the country. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Nov. 2021 The new policy extends the ban on COVID-19 misinformation to the larger category of anti-vaccine quackery. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 And Finchem's quackery goes well beyond the Big Lie and its Arizona tendrils. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 Saracoglu has a reputation for medical quackery, and his hope to breathe new life into dead material seems to verge on Dr. Frankenstein-style pseudoscience. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2021 But such quackery also can be deadly dangerous, such as when many protesters, claiming divine inspiration, joined in storming the Capitol on Jan. 6. Arkansas Online, 27 July 2021 Under the chaotic leadership of President Jair Bolsonaro, Latin America’s largest country long ago succumbed to denialism, disorganization, apathy, hedonism and medical quackery — and buried more than 265,000 people along the way. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2021 Some of the resistance to taking the vaccine is driven by anti-vaxxer quackery that predates Covid. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2020 See More

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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 17 May. 2022.

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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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