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 ?
The story is well told, but the book is hardly worthy of the author of 'Typee.' 'The Confidence Man' (1857), his last serious effort in prose fiction, does not seem to require criticism.
Lickspittling is more detestable than blackmailing, precisely as the business of a confidence man is more detestable than that of a highway robber; and the parallel maintains itself throughout, for whereas few robbers will cheat, every sneak will plunder if he dare.
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.
Matt Seybold's "Tom Sawyer Impersonates 'The Original Confidence Man'" researches literary and actual nineteenth-century confidence men and their place among American characters.
"By offering replacement cost coverage and then reneging, Peerless acts like a confidence man, patting you on the back with one hand and picking your pocket with the other," Mark Friedman of Wilkofsky, Friedman, Karel & Cummins wrote on behalf of the adjusters' group.
The term "con man" or "confidence man" is a fairly recent American invention.
"Middle C takes its place in that great line of modern novels about inauthenticity, from Andre Gide's The Counterfeiters and Thomas Mann's Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man to William Gaddis's The Recognitions and the works of Philip K.
George Steiner has noted how Mann began Confessions of Felix Krull: Confidence Man (1954) in 1913 and returned to it forty years later, recapturing his youthful style.
Malkrmus conceives of the picaro as a variation of both the transcultural trickster myth and the confidence man, a genuine product of high capitalism.
Robert was a close friend of mine, and I have many happy memories of times we spent together--especially an excursion by water taxi across Baltimore harbor in search of crab cakes after we had co-presented a paper entitled "'But suppose I did want a boy?': Homosexual Economies in The Confidence Man" as well as two visits to his home in Montreal.