hokum hokum  /ˈhoʊ kəm/


  • (n) a message that seems to convey no meaning


  1. Told in a spare style with no hokum, the movie has the feeling of an honest, unmediated religious experience.
  2. This was, as is Romney's wont, distillate of hokum.
  3. A Handful of Dust is a cunningly contrived cinema of cold wit, tender humor, impersonal satire, shameless, but effective hokum.


  • Review: 'Unfinished Song'

    'Unfinished Song' is hokum -- but effective hokum.
    on June 26, 2013     Source: San Jose Mercury News

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  1. This very week in 1980, the then-Moonbeam Gov. Jerry Brown of California said Reagan offered nothing more than "hokum and snake oil."
    on Jul 31, 2008 By: Jerry Brown Source: USA Today

  2. In recent remarks to a gathering of Sherburne County Republicans -- reported in the West Sherburne Tribune -- Bachmann called any human connection to global warming "voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax."
    on Mar 26, 2008 By: Michele Bachmann Source: Trading Markets (press release)

  3. "Every presidential election is a renewal," said McCullough. "Like spring, it brings up all the juices. The people are so tired of contrivance and fabrication and hokum. They really want to be stirred in their spirit. That's when we are at...
    on Feb 4, 2008 By: David McCullough Source: Huffington Post (blog)

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