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Synonyms for hocus-pocus

esoteric, formulaic, and often incomprehensible speech relating to the occult

Synonyms for hocus-pocus

verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way

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The Old Testament (Bible): "War, plague, sex, torture, death, hocus-pocus .
There's a real anti-science trend at the moment and a leaning towards New Age, hocus-pocus remedies.
No hocus-pocus is necessary to think, says Anderson (psychology and computer science, Carnegie Mellon U.
Do they really expect us to believe this hocus-pocus mumbo-jumbo?
It was the drive to escape the warp and woof of the canvas, to project painting into space and time, that animated all the hocus-pocus of colored-light projection, from Castel's eighteenth-century color organ to Scriabin's Promethee to Thomas Wilfred's Untitled, Opus 161, 1965-66, to Leo Villareal's Lightscape, 2002.
Even the New York Times in 1938, for instance, noted that the Social Security funding was essentially "financial hocus-pocus.
It is a special branch of science much scoffed off by some scientists because its theories are difficult to prove, and seem a lot like hocus-pocus to scientists and laymen alike.
With a little hocus-pocus, they are misdirecting the public and focusing the attention of voters on everything but the real reason for the recall.
My mother, though scarcely overjoyed, dismissed the whole matter, along with sex, as of no interest to her whatever Actor Simon Callow Black propaganda and intelligence hocus-pocus - Labour MP George Galloway's response to allegations that he was in the pay of Saddam Hussein I have townie girl friends who come to stay, with perfectly manicured nails, who marvel at my simple way of life but who would rather stick pins in their eyes than be more than 200 metres from the shops - Ex-Bond Girl actress Fiona Fullerton, now a country dweller
Shaw's dazzling play is a starkly funny parable about medical hocus-pocus used by doctors forced to peddle nonsensical palliatives and useless panaceas.
bomfogger, cacademic, kakistokrat, kleptokrat, bafflegabber, cardophagus, twaddle, bilge, cockamamie, dicty, hocus-pocus, nabob, pointyhead, film-flam artists, gibber-gabber, gobbledygook, tinhorn, pornocrat, poltroon, flam-doodle, rapscallion, snollygoster, radic-lib, throttlebottom, Bourbon, birdbrain (the book contains one hundred synonyms for blockhead, plus scores of other expressions for "stupid"), blackplaguer, barfy, ayatollah.
It''s the setting for a lot of hocus-pocus and for John McIntyre''s play A Funny Kind Of Day, which was the latest production by Linthwaite Methodist Players in May 1992.
Their body-swap after some Chinese hocus-pocus leads to all kinds of cross generational hilarity, spanning everything from music to sex-- beautifully performed by two very clever and likeable actresses.
A FLEDGLING magician, who learned his hocus-pocus through a correspondence course, called a volunteer on stage in Kenya so he could saw her in half.
Not even the lovely Patricia Arquette can salvage this hocus-pocus mince.