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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.
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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
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char•la•tan(ˈʃɑr lə tn)
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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|Noun||1.||charlatan - 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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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[ˈʃɑːlətən] N → charlatán/tana m/f
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charlatan[ˈʃɑːrlətən] n → charlatan m
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n → Scharlatan m
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charlatan[ˈʃɑːlət/ən] n → ciarlatano
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
n. charlatán-a; dícese de una persona que pretende tener cualidades o conocimientos para curar enfermedades.
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