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humbug

Synonyms and Antonyms of humbug

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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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

humbug

Synonyms and Antonyms of humbug

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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Phrases Synonymous with humbug

do a number on, lead one down the garden path (also lead one up the garden path), pull one's leg, pull the wool over one's eyes

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