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 ?
confidence man is more detestable than that of a highway robber; and
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.
Following the logic of the confidence man, Trump cannot stop communicating but speaks in an entirely self-advantaging, promotional idiom--a form of discourse Andrew Wernick describes as 'a species of rhetoric .
Sin embargo, lo que no pudo pronosticar Melville era la posibilidad insolita de que los embelecos y seducciones del confidence man le permitiesen algun dia tomar el mando del barco en que navegaba, volverse el hombre mas poderoso del mundo.
See Johannes Dietrich Bergmann, "The Original Confidence Man," excerpted in Herman Melville, The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade, Norton Critical Edition, edited by Hershel Parker and Mark Niemeyer, 2nd edition (New York: W.
Many childhood experiences teach Felix how to be a confidence man.
London Frog" follows Todd Gleason, confidence man who, appalled that a filthy rich couple wins the lottery, sets out to gain a piece of the pie himself.
Racism and madness are linked in "Mirrors of Madness: The Confidence Man and 19" Century American Psychiatry" by Yasunaka Hashimoto.
Richard Nash's The Rainmaker-, Burt Lancaster plays a flamboyant confidence man who promises to bring rain to drought-stricken Texas.
The documentary coda -- in which the original and fake Makhmalbafs meet, and then go to visit the family that sent one of them to prison -- foils the film's preface, in which a taxi driver delivers the journalist and two soldiers to arrest the confidence man.
Discussing the "original character," who is the selfsame confidence man himself, Melville compares him to a "revolving Drummond light, raying away from itself all round it--everything is lit by it, everything starts up to it (mark how it is with Hamlet), so that, in certain minds, there follows upon the adequate conception of such a character, an effect, in its way, akin to that which in Genesis attends upon the beginnings of things" (373-374).
Melville gave up because he stopped being published, leaving The Confidence Man and Billy Budd in his desk drawer.