What does quackery mean?

Definitions for quackeryˈkwæk ə ri

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word quackery.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. quackery, empiricism(noun)

    medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings

  2. charlatanism, quackery(noun)

    the dishonesty of a charlatan


  1. quackery(Noun)

    The practice of fraudulent medicine, usually in order to make money or for ego gratification and power; health fraud.

  2. quackery(Noun)

    An instance of practicing fraudulent medicine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quackery(noun)

    the acts, arts, or boastful pretensions of a quack; false pretensions to any art; empiricism


  1. Quackery

    Quackery is the promotion of unproven or fraudulent medical practices. Random House Dictionary describes a "quack" as a "fraudulent or ignorant pretender to medical skill" or "a person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to have skill, knowledge, or qualifications he or she does not possess; a charlatan". The word "quack" derives from the archaic word "quacksalver", of Dutch origin, literally meaning "hawker of salve". In the Middle Ages the word quack meant "shouting". The quacksalvers sold their wares on the market shouting in a loud voice. "Health fraud" is often used as a synonym for quackery, but quackery's salient characteristic is aggressive promotion rather than fraud, greed or misinformation. "Pseudo-medicine" is a term for treatments known to be ineffective, regardless of whether their advocates themselves believe in their effectiveness.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Quackery

    The fraudulent misrepresentation of the diagnosis and treatment of disease.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quackery in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quackery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vania Apkarian:

    It’s effective for a week or so, and eventually the pain comes back. this is quackery.

  2. Henry Miller:

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