[ UK /hˈʌmbʌɡ/ ]
[ US /ˈhəmˌbəɡ/ ]
  1. something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
  2. pretentious or silly talk or writing
  3. communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive
  1. trick or deceive
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How To Use humbug In A Sentence

  • From most of the preachers and all the humbugs they expect nothing else.
  • Massachusetts, which they called Vineland, and how the Mexican empire had some knowledge of Accadian astronomy, people are beginning to discover that Columbus himself was after all an egregious humbug. Falling in Love With Other Essays on More Exact Branches of Science
  • Our mean-minded monarchists really are a bunch of humourless humbugs.
  • The exposure and _depluming_ (to borrow a good word from the fine old rhetorician, Fuller,) of the leading 'humbugs' of the age -- _that_ was announced as the regular business of the journal: and the only question which remained to be settled was, the more or less of the degree; and also one other question, even more interesting still, viz. -- whether personal abuse were intermingled with literary. The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2 With a Preface and Annotations by James Hogg
  • It aims also to establish straightforward and honest dealings among the catteries and to do away with the humbuggery which prevails in some quarters about the sales and valuation of high-bred cats. Concerning Cats My Own and Some Others
  • Other substitutions included “embrace” for “tackle,” “blucher” for “slush buster,”* “muggings” for “hog wash,” “fearful” for “rough,” “wickedest” for “vilest,” “leer” for “slobber,” “jolly” for “bully,” and “swindle” for “humbug.” Mark Twain
  • Is he a journalist for whom the principles of his profession override everything else, or is he a complete humbug who has lied to protect a source of information for a story which led to him winning an award for journalism?
  • And that despite a prolific goalscorer: Ba humbug. The Sun
  • A certain cant word called humbug had lately come into vogue. The Virginians
  • After failing in a defamation case against the West Australian newspaper - which called him a ‘lying, canting humbug’ - he left Western Australia in disgrace.
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