Mount"e*bank (?), n. [It. montimbanco, montambanco; montare to mount + in in, upon + banco bench. See Mount, and 4th Bank.]

1.

One who mounts a bench or stage in the market or other public place, boasts of his skill in curing diseases, and vends medicines which he pretends are infalliable remedies; a quack doctor.

Such is the weakness and easy credulity of men, that a mountebank ... is preferred before an able physician. Whitlock.

2.

Any boastful or false pretender; a charlatan; a quack.

Nothing so impossible in nature but mountebanks will undertake. Arbuthnot.

 

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Mount"e*bank, v. t.

To cheat by boasting and false pretenses; to gull.

[R.]

Shak.

 

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Mount"e*bank, v. i.

To play the mountebank.

 

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