Fraudulence


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Fraudulence

See also Forgery, Hoax.
Cagliostro
lecherous peasant posing as count. [Ital. Hist.: Espy, 335]
Confidence Man, the
an imposter who gulls passengers on a Mississippi steamboat. [Am. Lit.: Melville The Confidence Man in Magill III, 221]
Duke and the King, the
a pair of charlatans exposed by Huckleberry Finn. [Am. Lit.: Mark Twain Huckleberry Finn]
Gantry, Elmer
personifies hypocrisy and corruption in America’s religious practices. [Am. Lit.: Elmer Gantry]
Inspector General, The
pretending to be a government inspector, Khlestakov takes bribes and woos the mayor’s wife and daughter. [Russ. Lit.: The Inspector General]
Krull, Felix
lives a double life, passing himself off under various identities. [Ger. Lit.: Mann The Confessions of Felix Krull in Magill III, 218]
Medium, The
Menotti opera about a fraudulent medium haunted by her own hoax. [Am. Opera: Benét, 653]
Mississippi Bubble, the
land speculation scam; ultimately back-fired on creators. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 326]
Pathelin, Master
small-town lawyer cheats his draper, who cheats a shepherd, who hires Pathelin and then cheats him out of his fee. [Fr. Drama: Haydn & Fuller, 466]
Peters, Jeff
made a career out of schemes for bamboozling the public. [Am. Lit.: O. Henry “The Gentle Grafter”]
Sabbatai Zevi
false messiah, head of Kabbalic movement in mid-1600s. [Jew. Hist.: Wigoder, 544]
Schicchi, Gianni
effects a fraudulent will on the pretence that he is the testator. [Ital. Hist. and Opera: Gianni Schicchi in Collier’s]
Sludge, Mr.
medium pretends to greater powers and deceives many people. [Br. Lit.: Browning Dramatis Personae in Magill IV, 250]
Tchitchikov
attempts to make a fortune by buying up land-lords’ titles to dead serfs in order to mortgage them for capital. [Russ. Lit.: Gogol Dead Souls]
Tichborne
case false claimant to the Tichborne baronetcy sentenced to fourteen years’ imprisonment. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 898]
wooden nickel
cheap counterfeits circulating in 1850s America. [Am. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1164]
wooden nutmeg
sold by dishonest Connecticut peddlers as real thing. [Am. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1164]
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The veteran journalist called for the dismissal of the officials responsible for the fraudulence, adding that a legal action also needed to be taken against them.
And the public awaits explanations from the company aside from its fraudulence activity; G.M.
"How much to trust a novel like this, so concerned with novelistic fraudulence, yet so impressively written?
He adds: "Is someone waiting to talk to you?" While not accusing individuals of being fake, illusionist Derren Brown points out the "huge amount of fraudulence committed in the name of mediumship".
By making up rules of their own, they created what Munby terms a "counterhegemonic possibility" - a route to power and wealth that had the added virtue of exposing the fraudulence and emptiness of dominant capitalist ideology (8) (italics in original).
He further predicted that there will be bloodshed in the upcoming elections and if any fraudulence took place, the entire system will be derailed.
However, this is no tale of Lance Armstrong fraudulence.
The panel approved the amended articles regarding crimes of homicide, public indecency, defamation, insults, indiscretion, theft, fraudulence, breach of trust, usury and contempt of the National Assembly.
(He told Bowers she treated him "like dirt.") Tracy's P.R.-driven relationship with Hepburn, writes Bowers, was "a nonexistent fairytale romance" whose fraudulence helped drive the actor's actor toward becoming an alcoholic's alcoholic.
Darkness helps hide the fraudulence of our imitations and the spooking visibility of our leaders.
Ultimately, everyone collectively chose not only to turn a blind eye to the Stuarts' audacious fraudulence, but to embrace their fabrications as genuine.
"We got first prize, and I remember having pangs of fraudulence going up to get the prize when all I'd done was lie like Cleopatra being ferried up the Nile!'" Becky herself has fonder recollections.