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quack 1

The characteristic sound uttered by a duck.
intr.v. quacked, quack·ing, quacks
To utter the characteristic sound of a duck.

[Middle English quek, of imitative origin.]

quack′y adj.

quack 2

1. An untrained person who pretends to be a physician and dispenses medical advice and treatment.
2. A charlatan; a mountebank.
Relating to or characteristic of a quack: a quack cure.
intr.v. quacked, quack·ing, quacks
To act as a medical quack or a charlatan.

[Short for quacksalver.]

quack′er·y n.
quack′ish adj.
quack′ish·ly adv.


n, pl -eries
the activities or methods of a quack


(ˈkwæk ə ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
1. the practice or methods of a quack.
2. an instance of this.


1. false pretense to medical skill, knowledge, or qualification; medical charlatanry.
2. the actions or practice of a medical charlatan. — quack, n., adj.
See also: Lies and Lying
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quackery - medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings
medical practice - the practice of medicine
2.quackery - the dishonesty of a charlatan
knavery, dishonesty - lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing


[ˈkwækərɪ] Ncharlatanismo m (Med) → curanderismo m


[ˈkwækəri] ncharlatanisme m



n. curanderismo, charlatanería.
References in classic literature ?
It is all part and parcel of the same system of quackery and nonsense, for which I regret to say that the writer is notorious.
Renfrew, the colonel's widow, was not only unexceptionable in point of breeding, but also interesting on the ground of her complaint, which puzzled the doctors, and seemed clearly a case wherein the fulness of professional knowledge might need the supplement of quackery.
The Alchemist' castigates quackery and its foolish encouragers; and
sharing contaminated needles and syringes, quackery, community dental clinics, street barbers, rising number of drug addicts were the main reasons of the disease.
The cost of quackery in human terms, measured in disillusion, pain, relief forsaken or postponed because of reliance on unproven methods, is more difficult to measure, but nonetheless real.
For dental treatment by quacks, anti quackery law needs to be implemented in all provinces, he further informed.
Only a few years ago these would have been dismissed as quackery.
While the rain lashed down outside, friends reunited Phil 'n' Holly ploughed through an all-too-familiar line-up of medical quackery, cooking, Gok's fashion, celebrity self-publicists and tedious showbiz twaddle.
Too many people have been taken in by the pseudosciences, which do not allow for the verification of their assertions, but instead rely on anecdotes and testimonials and emotions: all quackery.
Salman Rafiq has said that on the direction of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, elimination of quackery has been included in the crackdown against substandard and spurious drugs in the province and a collective campaign will be launched against both these elements playing with human lives.
Even medico- legal complaints and inquiry in cases of quackery has been lying pending as there are no members in the DMC to take action against the guilty.
The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has entered a partnership with the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) to check quackery in the power sector.