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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.


the quality of having characteristics of a fraud. — charlatanic, adj.
See also: Behavior
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.charlatanism - the dishonesty of a charlatan
knavery, dishonesty - lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing
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With the white men, he acknowledged that this was all charlatanism, but said it was necessary, to give him weight and influence among his people.
Simple people, in this world which is eaten up with charlatanism of all sorts so that even we, the simple, don't know any longer how to trust each other.
It is unkind, and, to speak plainly, has a touch of charlatanism in it.
I had no idea of the obstacles, so I imagined that everything was easy; luck, I thought, accounted for success in science and in business, and genius was charlatanism.
When I observed to my friend, the professor's wife, that the life of Madame de S , with its unofficial diplomacy, its intrigues, lawsuits, favours, disgrace, expulsions, its atmosphere of scandal, occultism, and charlatanism, was more fit for the eighteenth century than for the conditions of our own time, she assented with a smile, but a moment after went on in a reflective tone: "Charlatanism?
This, he considered, was the only basis of solid instruction; all other means of education were mere charlatanism, and could produce nothing better than smatterers.
The chapter that Brenneman devotes to this sensational aspect of charlatanism merely confirms Barnum's dictum that there is a tragic, believing dupe born every minute.
Over years, the people of Daja took magic, charlatanism and quackery as their professions, which made their logic even more fragile and their minds more vulnerable for manipulation.
Charlatanism is a worldwide phenomenon; Cypriot patients have the right of free choice but they need to do their research before visiting a doctor they don't know," he said.
Charlatanism, hypocrisy, kitsch, and crass consumerism are staple targets of Houellebecq.
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It promotes charlatanism," said Sheikh Abdel-Fatah, an influential Salafist imam based in Algiers.