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humbug

noun

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1 an imitation that is passed off as genuine
  • tests showed that the "old" map of America was a cleverly made humbug

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3 one who makes false claims of identity or expertise
  • one humbug after another claimed to be the miraculously surviving daughter of the Russian czar

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humbug

verb

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to cause to believe what is untrue
  • humbugged into believing that the bones were the skeleton of a prehistoric human being

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Noun

imposture, fraud, sham, fake, humbug, counterfeit mean a thing made to seem other than it is. imposture applies to any situation in which a spurious object or performance is passed off as genuine. their claim of environmental concern is an imposture fraud usually implies a deliberate perversion of the truth. the diary was exposed as a fraud sham applies to fraudulent imitation of a real thing or action. condemned the election as a sham fake implies an imitation of or substitution for the genuine but does not necessarily imply dishonesty. these jewels are fakes; the real ones are in the vault humbug suggests elaborate pretense usually so flagrant as to be transparent. creating publicity by foisting humbugs on a gullible public counterfeit applies especially to the close imitation of something valuable. 20-dollar bills that were counterfeits

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The first known use of humbug was in 1750

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“Humbug.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/humbug. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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