from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who makes elaborate, fraudulent, and often voluble claims to skill or knowledge; a quack or fraud.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A malicious trickster; a fake person, especially one who deceives for personal profit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who prates much in his own favor, and makes unwarrantable pretensions; a quack; an impostor; an empiric; a mountebank.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who pretends to knowledge, skill, importance, etc., which he does not possess; a pretender; a quack, mountebank, or empiric.
- n. Synonyms Impostor, cheat, pretender; Mountebank, etc. (see quack).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes
This huckster or streetcorner charlatan is going to be a lame duck in less than a year from now as the coward in theif dosen't realize that the independents that ELECTED him are running from his BS and LIES in droves.
Frequently, the charlatan is more convincing and credible.
I swear I don't know what's wrong with the people in Connecticut but to keep re-electing this charlatan is beyond me.
Harry Reid, please expel this charlatan from the caucus.
Any reviewer who crafts a fanciful narratives characterising the writer as some sort of hack or charlatan is waving that gun in the air.
All you Obamaramazombies can take what this charlatan is peddling as gospel, but thinking people won't and don't.
I think the Swift Boat political advertisement calling Kerry a charlatan is in poor taste, and if this kind of thing continues it might well backfire on the Kerry haters.
The masseur/charlatan is the author's shadow and caricature, to which he exorcistically transfers his bizarre traits and imagined failures, something like Sartre did with the autodidact in La Nausée.
A charlatan is often a great man who was found out just a bit too soon by reporters and historians.
Not only the temporal authorities and the priests were arrayed against Him, as of old, but now He managed to arouse the opposition of the physicians of those days, who saw their practice ruined by this man whom they called a charlatan and deceiver threatening and destroying the health of the people, whose physical welfare was safe only in their (the physicians ') hands and keeping.