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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.
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