confidence man

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confidence man

A man who swindles his victims by using a confidence game.

confidence man


confidence trickster

another name for con man

con′fidence man`

a person who swindles others by means of a confidence game; swindler.
[1840–50, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.confidence man - a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victimconfidence man - a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victim
chiseler, chiseller, defrauder, grifter, scammer, swindler, gouger - a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud
References in classic literature ?
And Isaacs & Sons were delighted at the great man's pleasantry, and afterward repeated it many times, calling upon each other to bear witness, and Spear felt as though some one had given him a new backbone, and Andrews, who was guiding Thorndike out of the building, was thinking to himself what a great confidence man had been lost when Thorndike became a banker.
When the confidence man, wreathing his form and cresting his head, slitheringly asserts that even the rattle-snake must be beheld with wonder, the mystic inquires whether the confidence man has ever been tempted to exchange personalities with the snake, "to glide unsuspected in grass, to sting, to kill at a touch; your whole beautiful body one iridescent scabbard of death?
Many childhood experiences teach Felix how to be a confidence man.
Melville gave up because he stopped being published, leaving The Confidence Man and Billy Budd in his desk drawer.
A constitutional crisis was averted only when it emerged that the King of France was in fact one Slats Banacek, a confidence man who had gained access to the White House through a liaison with a scullery maid and infiltrated First Lady Elizabeth Monroe's regular bridge game.
Thomas Mann's novel Felix Krull is a story of a confidence man who creates himself over and over according to his needs.
A At the end of it all, it is in its own way a "hurrah" for the United States entrepreneurial spirit which ranges from the imagined greatness of the risk taker and empire builder to the darker malignant side of the confidence man and con artist, perhaps evil but still secretly admired for bucking the system a" at least until one has to go to the pawnshop in order to get money for the next meal on the table.
Not surprisingly, fame and notoriety were incompatible with being a confidence man, and they brought him unwanted attention from the police and, most unfortunately, the Lexow Committee, a landmark commission investigating police corruption in 1894.