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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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charlatan

noun
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Translations

charlatan

[ˈʃɑːlətən] Ncharlatán/tana m/f
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charlatan

[ˈʃɑːrlətən] ncharlatan m
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charlatan

nScharlatan m
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charlatan

[ˈʃɑːlətn] nciarlatano
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char·la·tan

n. charlatán-a; dícese de una persona que pretende tener cualidades o conocimientos para curar enfermedades.
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References in classic literature ?
He was a charlatan but a successful charlatan, and in that was always something for the comic spirit to rejoice in.
They implied that he was insolent, pretentious, and given to that reckless innovation for the sake of noise and show which was the essence of the charlatan.
Supposing that by these words Anna Pavlovna was somewhat lifting the veil from the secret of the countess' malady, an unwary young man ventured to express surprise that well known doctors had not been called in and that the countess was being attended by a charlatan who might employ dangerous remedies.
Like the charlatan who counterfeits a spiritual force he has sometimes felt, they lose the power they have abused.
But he is a born charlatan--you've heard me tell him so to his face--a born charlatan, with a kind of dramatic trick of jumping into the limelight.
Would not he, the cad, the charlatan, attempt a more dramatic finish?
"Ulysses," replied Alcinous, "not one of us who sees you has any idea that you are a charlatan or a swindler.
Surely nobody would be a charlatan who could afford to be sincere.
A gift, a thing I sought not, for this crown The trusty Creon, my familiar friend, Hath lain in wait to oust me and suborned This mountebank, this juggling charlatan, This tricksy beggar-priest, for gain alone Keen-eyed, but in his proper art stone-blind.
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.
"Allow me to warn you," interposed General Ivolgin, that he is the greatest charlatan on earth." He had taken the chair next to the girl, and was impatient to begin talking.