charlatanry


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char·la·tan

 (shär′lə-tən)
n.
A person who makes elaborate, fraudulent, and often voluble claims to skill or knowledge; a quack or fraud.

[French, from Italian ciarlatano, probably alteration (influenced by ciarlare, to prattle) of cerretano, inhabitant of Cerreto, a city of Italy once famous for its quacks.]

char′la·tan′ic (-tăn′ĭk), char′la·tan′i·cal adj.
char′la·tan·ism, char′la·tan·ry n.
References in classic literature ?
With my egotism, my charlatanry, my tongue, and my habit of having my own way, I am fit for no calling but that of saviour of mankind--just of the sort they like.
More than half self-hypnotized into a belief in his own charlatanry he faced this new demon who threatened to undermine his ancient and lucrative profession.
In linking creativity with entrepreneurship, not only does one give free advertising to a new species of charlatanry (business schools now offering programs in "creativity studies"), but it works to erase the line between commerce and culture that the latter requires if it is to survive.
He wrote: "I am sure it would be sensible to restrict as much as possible the work of these gentleman, who are capable of doing an immense amount of harm with what may very easily degenerate into charlatanry.
An insightful and inspirational leader, he wrote: "I am sure it would be sensible to restrict as much as possible the work of these gentleman, who are capable of doing an immense amount of harm with what may very easily degenerate into charlatanry.
Nietzsche, he says in a memorable phrase, helps us investigate "the charlatanry of reason," a necessary element in the investigation, and positing, of beginnings (1985,39).
He says he became disillusioned with the rise of what he characterized as a culture of charlatanry where anyone and everyone claimed some kind of psychic ability.
In his 1924 novel The Three Hostages, Buchan is scathing about Eastern magic and equates it with charlatanry, which can be powerful in the right place and time when the worshipper is gullible.
Hard money advocates saw charlatanry behind the idea of pretending that a scrap of paper had value just because it had some inky Latin words on it; no wonder the Protestants among them compared paper money to the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation, arguing that a thing doesn't change its essence just because one says it does.
61) Stem cell tourism has received intense scrutiny based on numerous reports of charlatanry, unsubstantiated claims in advertisements, and adverse medical outcomes.