Roor"back, Roor"bach (?), n.

A defamatory forgery or falsehood published for purposes of political intrigue.


The word originated in the election canvass of 1844, when such a forgery was published, to the detriment of James K. Polk, a candidate for President, purporting to be an extract from the "Travels of Baron Roorbach."

© Webster 1913.

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