Tuesday, July 11, 2006
mountebank noun [MOUN-tuh-bank] A peddler of quack medicine, who stands on a platform to appeal to the audience.
Definitions for mountebank
- A peddler of quack medicine, who stands on a platform to appeal to the audience.
- A charlatan; a boastful pretender to knowledge or a skill.
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Citations for mountebank
The man whom Mr. Masson had described as his father's guru is finally regarded by the alert, knowing, newly skeptical son as "a phony, a charlatan, a mountebank, an impostor, a quack."
Nevertheless, in William Avery Rockefeller one clearly detects the blarney and easy conviviality of the mountebank.