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Definition of "quacksalver" []

  • Archaic A quack or charlatan. (noun)

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Use "quacksalver" in a sentence
  • "The quacksalver was at first one who made, sold, or applied ointments or oils."
  • "I have done ill to unbosom myself so far to this poisonous quacksalver."
  • "I have only to add that the union of the poisoner, the quacksalver, the alchemist, and the astrologer in the same person was familiar to the pretenders to the mystic sciences."