Definition of charlatan in English:
A person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill: a self-confessed con artist and charlatan
More example sentences
- Take the case of the charlatan who claims to transmit thoughts at a distance.
- I'm either a liar, a cheat, and a charlatan, or I'm crazy, and I have these weird visions that are purely from my imagination.
- They are all a bunch of charlatans and confidence men.
quack, mountebank, sham, fraud, fake, humbug, impostor, pretender, masquerader, hoodwinker, hoaxer, cheat, deceiver, dissembler, double-dealer, double-crosser, trickster, confidence trickster, cheater, swindler, fraudster, racketeer;
rogue, villain, scoundrel
British informal twister
South African informal schlenter
dated confidence man/woman
- Example sentences
- I have been accused of perfidy, malingering, duplicity, charlatanism and forty other words that I don't know the meaning of.
- His tastes are certainly catholic, taking in performances less open-minded pundits might dismiss as charlatanism.
- His mixture of naiveté, charlatanism, and singular devotion to a unique vision make him a genuine frontier spirit, a real-life American folk hero for the '80s, and a precious natural resource.
- Example sentences
- Among the charlatanry, however, are authentic Aboriginal art and jewellery as well as every kind of food stall, from traditional Australian meat pies through to fiery bowls of Malaysian laksa.
- Some of the handiwork of this charlatanry is now manifest to everyone.
- Their patronising, cliquish self-regard has repeatedly been exposed as charlatanry.
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