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Definition of humbug:

  1. A spirit of deception; cajolery; trickishness.
  2. An imposition under fair pretenses; something contrived in order to deceive and mislead; a trick by cajolery; a hoax.
  3. One who deceives or misleads; a deceitful or trickish fellow; an impostor.
  4. To deceive; to impose; to cajole; to hoax.

Synonyms:

hokeypokey, hypocrite, bunkum, hooey, deceit, hokum, lampoon, sendup, dishonesty, pseudo, garbage, applesauce, bilge, fake, story, fib, taradiddle, crock, moonshine, foul play, impostor, baloney, hoaxer, boloney, blarney, put on, beans, bosh, muck, quack, claptrap, mockery, snake oil, fudge, travesty, twaddle, parody, pretender, tarradiddle, faker, charade, flannel, slush, prank, flapdoodle, codswallop, fakir, caper, role player, blah, trick, malarkey, fraudulence, burlesque, drool, double-dealing, pseud, crapola, guff, quacksalver, balderdash, fraud, piffle, tommyrot, blather, hogwash, duplicity, true, silliness, humbuggery, punk, ringer, guile, nerts, smoke and mirrors, rot, sham, spoof, liar, poppycock, phony, drivel, politician, wheeler-dealer, bunk, misconduct, blatherskite, fiddlesticks, folly, tosh, antic, hoodoo, takeoff, fiddle-faddle, mountebank, blither, shammer, stupidity, tale, conman, corruption, counterfeit, cheat, nuts, crook, fiddle, pasquinade, dribble, bilgewater, senselessness, folderol, trumpery, foolishness, slobber, hoax, rubbish, horsefeathers, fixer, imposter, jazz, joke, bull, dupery, brown-nose, trash, charlatan.

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