- Karl Friedrich Hi·e·ro·ny·mus [kahrl free-drikh hee-ey-roh-ny-moo s] /kɑrl ˈfri drɪx ˌhi eɪˈroʊ nüˌmʊs/, Baron von [fuh n] /fən/, 1720–97, German soldier, adventurer, and teller of tales.
Examples from the Web for munchausen
People who intentionally hurt children for attention can be accused of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.Republican Thinks Obama’s Mental Illness Caused Border Crisis
July 11, 2014
From that moment Blenkinthrope was tacitly accepted as the Munchausen of the party.
“Well, I believe fully that we are all descended from the ape,” said Munchausen.A House-Boat on the Styx
John Kendrick Bangs
A charming store of wit and humor of the Munchausen variety is to be found in the Bible.The Bible
John E. Remsburg
Is there not the Megatherium for the literary, and the Munchausen for the travelled?General Bounce
G. J. Whyte-Melville
These are (Paul says) lima beans Munchausen, and here we have could-be asparagus.West Of The Sun
- an exaggerated story
- a person who tells such a story
Word Origin and History for munchausen
in reference to unbelievable stories (1850) is in reference to Baron Karl Friedrich Hieronymus von Münchhausen (1720-1797), German adventurer who served in the Russian army against the Turks; wildly exaggerated exploits attributed to him are told in the 1785 English book "Baron Munchausen, Narrative of his Marvellous Travels," written by Rudolph Erich Raspe (1734-1794). As a syndrome involving feigned dramatic illness, it is attested from 1951.