from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The boastful pretensions or knavish practice of a quack, particularly in medicine; empiricism; charlatanry; humbug.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The acts, arts, or boastful pretensions of a quack; false pretensions to any art; empiricism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun law, medicine, uncountable The practice of fraudulent medicine, usually in order to make money or for ego gratification and power; health fraud.
  • noun countable An instance of practicing fraudulent medicine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the dishonesty of a charlatan
  • noun medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings


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  • That gentle, civilized system of evacuation which prevailed under my auspices is subverted by the reign of anarchy and emetics, of quackery and poison.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 10 ch. 1

    October 8, 2008