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humbug +‎ -ery


humbuggery (countable and uncountable, plural humbuggeries)

  1. trickery; deception
    • 1996, Charles Arthur Willard, Liberalism and the Problem of Knowledge: A New Rhetoric for Modern Democracy
      Both see Leviathan more as a photograph than a metaphor — a reality veiled by rhetoric — and thereby claim a position of epistemic privilege, a Realpolitik, a discourse shorn of humbuggery and pretense.
    • 2001, James W. Cook, The Arts of Deception: Playing with Fraud in the Age of Barnum
      Peale, however, was never accused of humbuggery — not in his entertainments, not in his marketing strategies, and above all not in his public persona.