Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The conduct or practices of a charlatan; quackery; charlatanry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Charlatanry.

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  • noun uncountable The state of being a charlatan
  • noun countable An act of a charlatan

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  • noun the dishonesty of a charlatan

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Examples

  • German's work; but what perhaps the world calls charlatanism in him is really only the reaction of genius when it comes into conflict with the brutal obstinacy of real life.

    Suspended Judgments Essays on Books and Sensations

  • The "peculiar domestic institution," the fillibustering tendencies of the nation, the charlatanism which is the price of political power, are butts for the shafts of the satirist, which European poets may well envy Mr. Lowell.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 2, February, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • Whatever this mysterious weakness may have been which we call his "charlatanism," it certainly dropped away from him like a mask when he confronted the wind or sea or such primitive forms of human tragedy as are elemental in their simple outlines.

    Suspended Judgments Essays on Books and Sensations

  • He has to a very slight extent, but still perceptibly, encouraged a kind of charlatanism of utterance among those who possess his Irish impudence without his Irish virtue.

    George Bernard Shaw

  • Indeed, "charlatanism" is a misapplied word in this connection; for it would describe the doctor who puts on an artificial and conventional manner with his patients, rather than one who is absolutely frank and true to his own extraordinary nature.

    The Stark Munro Letters

  • Before judgment was rendered, the medical faculty proscribed, in a body, Mesmer’s so-called charlatanism, his tub, his conducting wires, and his theory.

    Ursula

  • Brain Age games don't necessarily make you smarter, and it is "charlatanism" to make such a claim.

    Joystiq [Nintendo]

  • Professor: suggesting Brain Age helps is 'charlatanism'

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • Professor: suggesting Brain Age helps is 'charlatanism'

    Joystiq [Nintendo]

  • "charlatanism" is a misapplied word in this connection; for it would describe the doctor who puts on an artificial and conventional manner with his patients, rather than one who is absolutely frank and true to his own extraordinary nature.

    The Stark Munro Letters

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