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1. Something intended to deceive; a hoax or fraud.
2. A person who claims to be other than what he or she is; an impostor.
3. Nonsense; rubbish.
4. Pretense; deception.
Used to express disbelief or disgust.
v. hum·bugged, hum·bug·ging, hum·bugs
To deceive or trick.
To practice deception or trickery.

[Origin unknown.]

hum′bug′ger n.
hum′bug′ger·y n.


1. pretentious behavior or attitudes.
2. imposing or deceptive behavior. — humbug, humbugger, n.
See also: Behavior
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It is in communities like this that Jesuit humbuggery flourishes.
The fact is, that there is a vast deal of unintentional humbuggery in some of the accounts we have from scientific men concerning the religious institutions of Polynesia.
Even theologians have to a great extent forgotten the terrible influence, in times past, of demonic agencies, and, if they do not absolutely reject the instances recorded in the Bible, they are disposed to treat all other cases as humbuggery, knavery, deception, or to class them with epilepsy, insanity, hallucination, and other diseases to which we are subject, and to dismiss them, when they cannot be denied, with the physicians, under the heads of mania, monomania, nymphomania, demonopathy, &c.
They are angered by the Washington's double standards and sanctimonious humbuggery when they 'advise' selected countries and dictate terms on human rights and related issues, using the UN as a tool.
The humbuggery is then discovered by an "astute personage" who is angered by the deception:
While subsumption is basic to the creation of an internal order, it renders external relations problematic as when inter-mob dealings have to be conducted in the mode of humbuggery and gammoning rather than that of transparent debate about defined rather than encoded issues (Sansom, 1980).
It is in communities like this that Jesuit humbuggery flourishes.