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Definition: a flamboyant deceiver who falsely makes elaborate and fraudulent claims to sell something to unwary customers

Synonyms: fraud, phony, fake, quack, imposter, swindler


Tips: Charlatan is derived from the Italian ciarlatano, from ciarlare, "to babble, patter." Think of a charlatan named Charlie, who babbles on and on about how great his product is, but the talk is empty because Charlie the charlatan is just trying to trick the unsuspecting customer into buying something phony. Think, "trickster."

Usage Examples:

Some consumer advocate groups attempt to fend off charlatan, fly-by-night online companies. (fraudulent, phony) adjective

The charlatan who sold me this bogus skin care line at the fair is nowhere to be found! (swindler, quack)

I wouldn't invest in any of his schemes; he's just a charlatan. (fraud, swindler)

Beware of the charlatan who's swindling tourists out of their money just around the corner. (imposter, quack, swindler)

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