Definitions

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  • n. An extravagant fiction embodying an account of some marvellous exploit or adventure.

Etymologies

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See Münchausen syndrome.

Examples

  • July, and declared that, as he was a prisoner in Fort Warren during that month, the interview was a "Munchausenism."

    Destruction and Reconstruction: Personal Experiences of the Late War

  • A six foot New Hampshire man, with a leg broken and perforated by a piece of shell, so large that, had I not seen the wound, I should have regarded the story as a Munchausenism, beckoned me to come and help him, as he could not sit up, and both his bed and beard were getting plentifully anointed with soup.

    "A Day" from Hospital Sketches and Camp Fireside Stories

  • New Hampshire man, with a leg broken and perforated by a piece of shell, so large that, had I not seen the wound, I should have regarded the story as a Munchausenism, beckoned me to come and help him, as he could not sit up, and both his bed and beard were getting plentifully anointed with soup.

    Hospital Sketches

  • Some of their narrations were romantic enough, with a possibility of their being true, but the greatest number savoured too much of Munchausenism to gain a moment's belief.

    Life in the Rocky Mountains

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