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Karl Friedrich Hieronymus, Freiherr von Münchhausen (; 11 May 1720 – 22 February 1797), usually known as Baron Münchhausen in English, was a German nobleman born in Bodenwerder (Electorate Brunswick-Lüneburg) and a famous recounter of tall tales. In his youth Baron Hieronymus was sent to serve as page to Duke Anthony Ulrich II of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, and later joined the Russian military. He served until 1750, in particular taking part in two campaigns against the Ottoman Turks. Returning home, Münchhausen supposedly told a number of outrageously farfetched stories about his adventures. He died in his birthplace of Bodenwerder.
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1. German raconteur who told preposterous stories about his adventures as a soldier and hunter; his name is now associated with any telling of exaggerated stories or winning lies (1720-1797)
(synonym) Munchhausen, Karl Friedrich Hieronymus von Munchhausen, Munchausen
(hypernym) anecdotist, raconteur
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