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Pronunciation:  'mawntu`bangk

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[n]  a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes

MOUNTEBANK is a 10 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: charlatan
 See Also: beguiler, cheat, cheater, craniologist, deceiver, phrenologist, quack, slicker, trickster



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mount"e*bank\, n. [It. montimbanco, montambanco;
    montare to mount + in in, upon + banco bench. See {Mount},
    and 4th {Bank}.]
    1. One who mounts a bench or stage in the market or other
       public place, boasts of his skill in curing diseases, and
       vends medicines which he pretends are infalliable
       remedies; a quack doctor.
             Such is the weakness and easy credulity of men, that
             a mountebank . . . is preferred before an able
             physician.                            --Whitlock.
    2. Any boastful or false pretender; a charlatan; a quack.
             Nothing so impossible in nature but mountebanks will
             undertake.                            --Arbuthnot.
  2. \Mount"e*bank\, v. t.
    To cheat by boasting and false pretenses; to gull. [R.]
  3. \Mount"e*bank\, v. i.
    To play the mountebank.
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