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 Some of the resistance to taking the vaccine is driven by anti-vaxxer quackery that predates Covid. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "The Best Herd Immunity Money Can Buy," 8 Dec. 2020 The tally includes both conspiracy theories and quackery, such as Trump’s suggestion that the White House coronavirus task force explore the internal consumption by people of household cleaners, such as bleach. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "What a Positive Test Won’t Change About Trump and the Pandemic," 2 Oct. 2020 From flat-earthers to QAnon to Covid quackery, the video giant is awash in misinformation. Clive Thompson, Wired, "YouTube’s Plot to Silence Conspiracy Theories," 18 Sep. 2020 That said, some of the kookier corners of the Right, especially its conspiracist wing, also have a weakness for quackery, including, infamously, an unhealthy interest in the allegedly health-giving properties of colloidal silver. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "On the Bleach," 29 Apr. 2020 More than that, this crisis is becoming a test of the international order, formal and institutional or informal and cultural, to cope with the pressures placed on it by nationalism, quackery, corruption, ignorance, and malevolence. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Trump’s European Travel Ban Doesn’t Make Sense," 12 Mar. 2020 For more info: MEDICINE: Tales from the annals of medical quackeryHow does one treat a COVID-19 infection? CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (April 26)," 23 Apr. 2020 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

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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 8 Mar. 2021.

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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


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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