- mountebank + -ery (Wiktionary)
“At times Cord's own'talents verged on mountebankery. and the best of mountebanks had no little skill at thievery and its adjunctive crafts.”
“There is no fun going on now-a-days -- no quackery, no mountebankery, no asses, colonial or otherwise.”
“He was, when he chose to lay aside his mountebankery, an excellent and inspiring conductor.”
“Much was required of him in a world where a high fantastical acrobatic mountebankery was almost a matter of ceremony, where riders stand on their heads in passing their rivals and cooks punt a casserole over their heads to the wall behind by way of giving notice: much was required of him and he proved worthy.”
“I wish I could fathom Aunt Jessica's reasons for her attempts at involving me in her social mountebankery.”
“I must insist on this, so that you can recognize that the young and successful mountebank, although dead set on the perfection of his mountebankery, and, in serious fact, never dreaming of”
“Now, Lackaday in his manuscript relates this English episode, not so much as an appeal to pity for the straits to which he was reduced, although he winces at its precarious mountebankery, and his sensitive and respectable soul revolts at going round with the mendicant's hat and thanking old women and children for pennies, as in order to correlate certain influences and coincidences in his career.”
“Paragot's travesty of mountebankery or rags, but which singularly enough seemed hidden beneath his conventional garb -- the inborn and incommunicable quality of the high-bred gentleman.”
“He could forgive every other sort of mountebankery, but not that.”
“Most questionable of all, perhaps, is the merely mechanical mountebankery -- the blanks, and the dashes, and the rows of stops, the black pages and the marbled pages which he employs to force a guffaw from his readers.”
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