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charlatan

[ shahr-luh-tn ]SEE DEFINITION OF charlatan

Synonyms for charlatan

  • con artist
  • cheat
  • con
  • fake
  • fraud
  • imposter
  • mountebank
  • phony
  • pretender
  • quack
  • sham
  • rip-off artist
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Antonyms for charlatan

  • honesty
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHARLATAN

Surely nobody would be a charlatan who could afford to be sincere.

Hugh could not help thinking there was more or less of the charlatan about the man.

If I were a mountebank or a charlatan I would claim that it cures a hundred diseases.

The charlatan, however, steadily refused the Bishop's advice.

Where is the difference, after all, between you and any charlatan of the lot?

This was no charlatan that spoke to him, but one in earnest who believed what he said.

He was never at his ease in their society, and felt himself a kind of charlatan.

Would not he, the cad, the charlatan, attempt a more dramatic finish?

Thereupon he laid aside his awl to assume the dignity of a charlatan.

He was still a charlatan, but a charlatan who believed utterly in his star.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, from French charlatan "mountebank, babbler" (16c.), from Italian ciarlatano "a quack," from ciarlare "to prate, babble," from ciarla "chat, prattle," perhaps imitative of ducks' quacking. Related: Charlatanism; charlatanical; charlatanry.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CHARLATAN

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nounperson who takes risks
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