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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.

charlatan

(ˈʃɑːlətən)
n
someone who professes knowledge or expertise, esp in medicine, that he or she does not have; quack
[C17: from French, from Italian ciarlatano, from ciarlare to chatter]
ˈcharlatanˌism, ˈcharlatanry n
ˌcharlatanˈistic adj

char•la•tan

(ˈʃɑr lə tn)

n.
a person who pretends to special knowledge or skill that he or she does not possess; quack; fraud.
[1595–1605; < Middle French < Italian ciarlatano, b. ciarlatore chatterer and cerretano hawker, quack, literally, native of Cerreto a village in Umbria]
char′la•tan•ism, char′la•tan•ry, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.charlatan - a flamboyant deceivercharlatan - a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
craniologist, phrenologist - someone who claims to be able to read your character from the shape of your skull
quack - an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice

charlatan

noun fraud, cheat, fake, sham, pretender, quack, con man (informal), impostor, fraudster, swindler, mountebank, grifter (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), phoney or phony (informal) This so-called psychic was exposed as a charlatan.

charlatan

noun
Translations

charlatan

[ˈʃɑːlətən] Ncharlatán/tana m/f

charlatan

[ˈʃɑːrlətən] ncharlatan m

charlatan

nScharlatan m

charlatan

[ˈʃɑːlətn] nciarlatano

char·la·tan

n. charlatán-a; dícese de una persona que pretende tener cualidades o conocimientos para curar enfermedades.
References in classic literature ?
This feeling is also at times played upon by religious charlatans, who are to be found in savage as well as civilized life.
There is another thing," murmured Mazarin; "there are empirics and charlatans.
While she drew breath after this volley, the ancient servant, sitting unrebuked on the edge of the torchlight, muttered: 'This house is a cattle-pound, as it were, for all charlatans and - priests.
There are thousands upon thousands of coxcombs and charlatans in the world, made up of just such a jumble of wornout, forgotten, and good-for-nothing trash as he was
Taft, that "Bulstrode had found a man to suit him in Lydgate; a charlatan in religion is sure to like other sorts of charlatans.
Then there were such unworthy charlatans as the pardoners and professional pilgrims, traveling everywhere under special privileges and fleecing the credulous of their money with fraudulent relics and preposterous stories of edifying adventure.
The remaining portion of social rebels is accounted for by vanity, the mother of all noble and vile illusions, the companion of poets, reformers, charlatans, prophets, and incendiaries.
Ulysses," replied Alcinous, "not one of us who sees you has any idea that you are a charlatan or a swindler.
I fancy there will be a large audience, for Waldron, though an absolute charlatan, has a considerable popular following.
Yet he was neither a charlatan nor a child; but a hot, logical Latin who liked a certain thing and was it.
Would not he, the cad, the charlatan, attempt a more dramatic finish?
Surely nobody would be a charlatan who could afford to be sincere.