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Definition of Humbug


  1. An imposition under fair pretenses; something contrived in order to deceive and mislead; a trick by cajolery; a hoax.
  2. A spirit of deception; cajolery; trickishness.
  3. One who deceives or misleads; a deceitful or trickish fellow; an impostor.
  4. To deceive; to impose; to cajole; to hoax.

Humbug Quotations

Second to agriculture, humbug is the biggest industry of our age.
Alfred Nobel

Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.
Desmond Tutu

An educated man is thoroughly inoculated against humbug, thinks for himself and tries to give his thoughts, in speech or on paper, some style.
Alan K. Simpson

The voice of the people is the voice of humbug.
William Tecumseh Sherman

You don't have to call it God or Jesus. That's religious humbug to a lot of people, but you've gotta believe that nature and spiritual things surround us. That is what put us here! I thank the universe for that every day of my life.
Jack LaLanne
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Humbug Translations

humbug in Spanish is farsa
humbug in Swedish is skoj, humbug
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