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charlatan

noun char·la·tan \ˈshär-lə-tən\

: a person who falsely pretends to know or be something in order to deceive people

Full Definition of CHARLATAN

1
:  quack 2
2
:  one making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability :  fraud, faker
char·la·tan·ism \-tə-ˌni-zəm\ noun
char·la·tan·ry \-rē\ noun

Examples of CHARLATAN

  1. <the famed faith healer turned out to be a charlatan>

Origin of CHARLATAN

Italian ciarlatano, alteration of cerretano, literally, inhabitant of Cerreto, from Cerreto, Italy
First Known Use: 1618
CHARLATAN Defined for Kids

charlatan

noun char·la·tan \ˈshär-lə-tən\

Definition of CHARLATAN for Kids

:  a person who falsely pretends to know or be something <The charlatan sold useless medicinal potions.>
Medical Dictionary

charlatan

noun char·la·tan \ˈshär-lət-ən\

Medical Definition of CHARLATAN

:  quack

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