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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

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

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

There is only one true thing: instantly paint what you see. When you've got it, you've got it. When you haven't, you begin again. All the rest is humbug.
Edouard Manet

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

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

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