Definition of mountebank in English:

mountebank

Line breaks: moun¦te|bank
Pronunciation: /ˈmaʊntɪbaŋk
 
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noun

Derivatives

mountebankery

noun
More example sentences
  • So some two decades later he set out to transform the securities industry with a report that he hoped would expose its mountebankery and lead to a miraculous transformation.
  • There was one explanation as to why he was able to pass off mountebankery as art for so long; the myth of impressionism.
  • This is not a business where mountebankery is to be encouraged.

Origin

late 16th century: from Italian montambanco, from the imperative phrase monta in banco! 'climb on the bench!' (with allusion to the raised platform used to attract an audience).

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