mountebank


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mountebank

(formerly) a person who sold quack medicines in public places
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While Crosswill tries to "purge" undesirables from the town, the play underscores that the "true" natives are the bawdy house owners and the itinerant mountebank.
In his tenure as a quack physician he set up shop under the name of Alexander Bendo (2) (and in that, incarnation even issued a mock mountebank bill)--all this apparently to escape a period of disgrace at Court.
One good look at a painting by Ingrid Calame will reveal that the warm critical reception extended to her oeuvre amounts to mountebank persiflage.
Do not trifle with demons who will recognize a mountebank as they did when the seven sons of Sceva attempted an exorcism.
Instead of criticizing President Johnson, Henry Ward, "this clerical mountebank, who claims that his religion is humanity, and his politics Christian statesmanship," has criticized Congress, "a patriotic body of men, never more anxious for the future welfare of the nation, with four millions of freedmen upon their hands to be protected, encouraged, elevated, groping their way without precedents or illumination from any source for a firm foothold on which to stand with their precious charge.
And so our ennobled great mountebank has thrown himself body and soul (even if he does not believe in the latter) into a campaign against two Supreme Court sentences and for the liberation of the three assassins who, in 1972 in Milan, killed the police commissioner Luigi Calabresi in cold blood as "an enemy of the people and a lackey of the state.
Listen to this: "A bully by nature, a mountebank by instinct, a senator by choice.
Bruce Felknor notes that without negative campaigning aimed at underscoring an opponent's bad side, "any knave or mountebank in the land may lie and steal his or her way into the White House or any other elective office.
It conjures up loving adults taking time to amuse or teach a child, or a friendly clergyman trying to help members of his parish learn the errors of their ways, or a mountebank selling dreams by mesmerizing an audience.
Jane Carlyle reported that he felt as though he was trying "to unite the character of the prophet and the mountebank," and Fitzgerald remembers him wearing while lecturing "a sort of crucified expression" (p.
The mountebank administration in the Mali capital, Bamako, which pretends to be run by a civilian "president", Dioncounda Traore, but is, in reality, under the command of Captain Amadou Sangono was particularly joyous that the French had intervened.
Many elements of the play are inspired by mountebank entertainments, including the handkerchief, and a reading of the play through the lens of the mountebank, not only explains the character of Iago, but also shines a light on some troublesome issues such as the comic interruptions, Iago's demand for money, his motives, his unerring ability to charm and fool, the issue of direct address, and that powerful bit of linen.