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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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the quality of having characteristics of a fraud. — charlatanic, adj.
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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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References in classic literature ?
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.
It is unkind, and, to speak plainly, has a touch of charlatanism in it."
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?--yes, in a certain measure.
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. I took it for granted that I should be a great man, because there was the power of becoming one within me; so I discounted all my future glory, without giving a thought to the patience required for the conception of a great work, nor of the execution, in the course of which all the difficulties of the task appear.
Here are two signatures of the German text--in my opinion, the crudest charlatanism; it discusses the question, 'Is woman a human being?' And, of course, triumphantly proves that she is.
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."
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 work related to the definition of sacred place will prevent the spread of charlatanism in the field of historical and cultural heritage, the manifestation of religious extremism on this basis," Baytanayev said in his report.
Their clamour, indulged by their English counterparts, to compensate military personnel affected by the increase was surely the height of their unbridled charlatanism -- demanding it for a very small officer class coming north but ignoring the plight of the "poor damn squaddie" sent south.
Of course, Russia's experience with authoritarian charlatanism is hardly unique.
Such groups end up mired in miscellaneous advocacy of discordant diatribes as they drift into charlatanism under the counterfeit canopy of human rights advocacy.
Applied as a rule, it reduces the effects of a number of divergences that bloomed with the growth of civilization: e.g., consequence and intention, expertise and charlatanism, action and cheap talk, honor and reputation, strength and display, among others.