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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Definitions for humbuggery

  1. pretense; sham.

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Citations for humbuggery
... nobody might ever have found out that it was the confoundedest, brazenest, ingeniousest piece of fraud and humbuggery that was ever concocted to fool poor confiding mortals with! Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, 1883
... he forcefully argued that, on the one hand, Dickens stole bread from the mouth of a widow, whilst with the other he wrote sentimental stories like A Christmas Carol; highlighting a certain hypocritical humbuggery. John Stafford Ricketts, "Was Charles Dickens a Fraud?" The Big Issue, April 4, 2016
Origin of humbuggery
Humbuggery entered English in the 1820s and stems from the earlier term humbug, which is of uncertain origin.