Posts Tagged ‘Empiric’

The Great Deceiver!

December 4, 2019

My best example of a “quack” would be the Persian traveling peddler from the play/movie Oklahoma, Ali Hakim.  He unscrupulously sells our heroine, Laurey, a “magic potion” which he guarantees will reveal her true love.  It is actually laudanum (an opiate) which causes her to fall asleep and have a truly bizarre dream.  As quacky as it gets!


\ kwak \, noun;

  1. the harsh, throaty cry of a duck or any similar sound. 
  2. fraudulent or ignorant pretender to medical skill.
  3. person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to skill, knowledge, or     qualifications he or she does not possess; charlatan.


  1. to utter the cry of a duck or a sound resembling it.
  2. to treat in the manner of a quack.
  3. to advertise or sell with fraudulent claims.



  1. being quack.
  2. presented falsely as having curative powers.
  3. of, relating to, or befitting quack or quackery.

Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of