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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Humbug  \Hum"bug`\,  n.  [Prob.  fr  hum  to  impose  on  deceive  +  bug 
  a  frightful  object.] 
  1.  An  imposition  under  fair  pretenses;  something  contrived  in 
  order  to  deceive  and  mislead;  a  trick  by  cajolery;  a  hoax. 
 
  2.  A  spirit  of  deception;  cajolery;  trickishness. 
 
  3.  One  who  deceives  or  misleads;  a  deceitful  or  trickish 
  fellow;  an  impostor.  --Sir  J.  Stephen. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Humbug  \Hum"bug`\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Humbugged};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Humbugging}.] 
  To  deceive;  to  impose;  to  cajole;  to  hoax. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  humbug 
  n  :  pretentious  or  silly  talk  or  writing  [syn:  {baloney},  {boloney}, 
  {bilgewater},  {bosh},  {drool},  {taradiddle},  {tarradiddle}, 
  {tommyrot},  {tosh},  {twaddle}] 
  v  :  trick  or  deceive 




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