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Meaning of "quacksalver" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD QUACKSALVER

From Dutch, from quack, apparently: to hawk + salfsalve1.
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PRONUNCIATION OF QUACKSALVER

quacksalver  [ˈkwækˌsælvə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF QUACKSALVER

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Quacksalver is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES QUACKSALVER MEAN IN ENGLISH?

quacksalver

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 its more aggressive promotion. "Pseudo-medicine" is a term for treatments known to be ineffective, regardless of whether their advocates themselves believe in their effectiveness.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH QUACKSALVER


Alva
ˈælvə
calver
ˈkælvə
culver
ˈkʌlvə
Delvaux
dɛlvə
dissolver
dɪˈzɒlvə
evolver
ɪˈvɒlvə
pulver
ˈpʌlvə
quicksilver
ˈkwɪkˌsɪlvə
resolver
rɪˈzɒlvə
revolver
rɪˈvɒlvə
salver
ˈsælvə
salvor
ˈsælvə
selva
ˈsɛlvə
silva
ˈsɪlvə
silver
ˈsɪlvə
solver
ˈsɒlvə
sterling-silver
ˈstɜːlɪŋ ˈsɪlvə
sylva
ˈsɪlvə
volva
ˈvɒlvə
vulva
ˈvʌlvə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE QUACKSALVER

qua
quaalude
quack
quack doctor
quack grass
quack-quack
quacker
quackeries
quackery
quackish
quacksalving
quacky
quad
quad bike
quad-band
quad.
quadded
quadding
quadplay
quadplex

WORDS THAT END LIKE QUACKSALVER

absolver
delver
desilver
flat silver
free silver
German silver
halver
horn silver
involver
nickel silver
resilver
ruby silver
shelver
sterling silver
sycee silver
wolver

Synonyms and antonyms of quacksalver in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «quacksalver» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF QUACKSALVER

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Translator English - Chinese

quacksalver
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

quacksalver
570 millions of speakers

English

quacksalver
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

quacksalver
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

دجال
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

quacksalver
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

quacksalver
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

quacksalver
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

Quacksalver
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Quacksalver
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Quacksalber
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

quacksalver
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

quacksalver
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Quacksalver
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

quacksalver
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

quacksalver
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

कोट्यावधी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

quacksalver
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

quacksalver
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

quacksalver
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

quacksalver
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

quacksalver
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

quacksalver
15 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Afrikaans

kwakzalver
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

quacksalver
10 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Norwegian

quacksalver
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of quacksalver

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «QUACKSALVER»

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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «QUACKSALVER» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about quacksalver

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «QUACKSALVER»

Discover the use of quacksalver in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to quacksalver and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Utopia Revisited: A 21st Century Account Of A Diplomatic ...
“No, we plainly stress equality among all,” Quacksalver explained. “But what you are advocating is passive entertainment with little or no active cognition.” “We here prefer to call it subliminal cultivation of the mind. Speaking of entertainment  ...
JohnWilliam McMullen, 2004
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Another Word A Day: An All-New Romp through Some of the Most ...
An All-New Romp through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in English Anu Garg. O “Europe will defend the biennial event in two years at the K Club just outside Dublin.” —The Associated Press quacksalver (KWAK—sal— vuhr) ...
Anu Garg, 2005
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Transactions of the Philological Society: 1865
QUACK, QUACKSALVER. The cal-ring of wounds was so generally taken as a type of healing, that no rational doubt can be entertained of the meaning of the latter part of quacksalver, Du. kwa/czalver, kwakzalfster, G. quacksalver. For treuthe ...
Philological Society (London), 1865
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Definitions
Quacksalver: This is the past tense of the word, Quicksilver. Quicksilver refers to how quickly money may be spent. Quacksalver refers to how quickly money has already been spent. Our representatives in government have no concept of either  ...
J. T. Beckman, 2013
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The Best Words
quacksalver. (KWAK-sal-ver) noun one who pretends to having knowledge of medicine, salves, and prescriptions; a charlatan; a quack; a mountebank. CAP. BOBADIL. Sir, Believe me (upon my Relation) for what I tell you, the World shall not ...
Robert Hartwell Fiske, 2011
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Underground Rivers
Descartes (Chapter 7), a Kircher contemporary who equated Jesuitical intellectualism with the Inquisition that imprisoned Galileo and executed Bruno, described Kircher as "more quacksalver than savant." If Kircher was quacksalver -- a ...
Richard J. Heggen, 2013
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Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary ...
Quacksalver (Quacksalve or Quack), subs, (old : now recognised).—Originally a charlatan ; a travelling empiric who cackled about his salves : shortened by Wycherley to quack, whichnow=any noisy,specious cheat. Alsoasadj. and verb.
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The Insatiate Countess
Hemp instead of a quacksalver, you shall put out mine eyes, and my head shall be bought to make ink-horns of. Captain. You do confess the murder? Claridiana. Sir, 'tis true, Done by a faithless Christian, and a Jew. 155 Captain. To prison ...
John Marston, Giorgio Melchiori, William Barksted, 1984
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Rembrandt and His Time: Masterworks from the Albertina, Vienna
A drawing in the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett of a quacksalver performing before the public depicts the event with considerably more detail.3 Here one sees a stage, a promotional sign in the background, the parrot on the shoulder, and possibly ...
Marian Bisanz-Prakken, 2005
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An universal etymological English dictionary: ... by N. ...
QUACKSALVER. s. Teut. of. flllUCh,. frivolous, trifling, and <©all)C, Du- PealjC, Sax- an Ointment] a Mountebank, a bold and ignorant Pretender to the Art of Physick. To QUACK [q;iac!ten, Du.] to make a Noise like a Duck. QUA'CKING Cheat, a ...
Nathan Bailey, 1731

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «QUACKSALVER»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term quacksalver is used in the context of the following news items.
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Sheboygan County herbalist and healer Harbrecht ahead of his time
Historically, the word quack comes from the old Dutch word quacksalver. It means hawker of salve carrying with it connotations of deceit and trickery. But, our ... «The Sheboygan Press, Mar 15»
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It's time to fight religion: Toxic drivel, useful media idiots, and the real …
... deserve the exact same “respect” we accord to shamans and sorcerers, alchemists and quacksalvers. Out of misguided notions of “tolerance,” we avert our ... «Salon, Feb 15»
3
Know your English — What is the difference between 'café' and …
The word comes from the ancient Dutch word 'quacksalver'; 'quacken' meant 'to brag or boast', and 'salve' meant ointment. In the past, fake doctors carried their ... «The Hindu, Oct 14»
4
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... Quality Centers ou QAC, que la population appellera très vite les « Quack », dérivé du quacksalver néerlandais définissant les charlatans et autres menteurs. «Le Suricate, Jul 14»
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I think we know where you're headed
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable says that a "quack" was once called a quacksalver, a puffer of salves; an itinerant drug vendor at fairs who "quacked" ... «The Guardian, Oct 13»
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Benedict Cumberbatch in a spot of bother over CBS' Elementary
This led some to suspect he'd slipped away to become a mountebank, quacksalver, and all-'round charlatan along the Borough, or possibly been felled by the ... «A.V. Club, Aug 12»
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The quack and the dead
Rather than holding any duck-related connotations, the term originates from the ancient Dutch word quacksalver, translated as 'a boaster who applies a salve'. «Irish Medical Times, Apr 11»
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Rev. Jesse Jackson's fourberie pie (Part I)
In a future article, I will acquaint you with the quacksalver (i.e., in French, sorcier wizard, magician, sorcerer, conjuror, warlock) curriculum vitae of Jesse ... «RenewAmerica, Sep 10»
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QI: Quite Interesting facts about doctors
It's short for "quacksalver" (from kwaksalver, someone who "quacked" their salves or cures). "To quack" meant to boast or brag and shares its origins with the ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jan 09»
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Doctors' Favorite Medical Web Sites
PS You might be interested to know that the term 'quack' comes from the old English for mercury – Quacksalver. This is from the days when a dose of syphilis ... «New York Times Blogs, Jan 09»

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