Definition of charlatan in English:

charlatan

Line breaks: char|la¦tan
Pronunciation: /ˈʃɑːlət(ə)n
 
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noun

Derivatives

charlatanism

noun
More 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.

charlatanry

noun
More 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.

Origin

early 17th century (denoting an itinerant seller of supposed remedies): from French, from Italian ciarlatano, from ciarlare 'to babble'.

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