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[kwak-uh-ree] /ˈkwæk ə ri/
noun, plural quackeries.
the practice or methods of a quack.
an instance of this.
Origin of quackery
1700-10; quack2 + -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for quackery
  • He took delight in ridiculing humbug, quackery, and falsity of all kinds.
  • We're a hundred years away from calling it science quackery.
  • Alternative and complementary medicine are mostly quackery.
  • And using pseudo-scientific quackery, particularly the kind that is culturally specific, won't do much in helping anything.
  • Some people regard the extension of psychology into the realm of world affairs as a kind of quackery.
  • Frequently the quackery is keyed to news of medical progress.
  • But unconventional potions and practices afford rich opportunities for quackery.
  • There is nothing worse than a bad understanding of science being used to shoot down quackery.
  • When the stakes are lowered, the door is open to quackery.
  • Speaking of threats to public health there is a widespread form of quackery out there.
British Dictionary definitions for quackery


noun (pl) -eries
the activities or methods of a quack
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for quackery

1690s, from quack (n.) + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for quackery



The practices of ''quacks'': and knew it was ''world-class quackery'' (1709+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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