Meaning of “charlatan” in the English Dictionary


"charlatan" in English

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charlatannoun [ C ]

uk /ˈʃɑː.lə.tən/ us /ˈʃɑːr.lə.t̬ən/ disapproving

Examples from literature

  • Charlatans and showmen and medical quacks call things facts that are not facts. 
  • I have never tried to break through his guard, but I feel certain that he is a deliberate charlatan. 
  • In his assumption of the seer, Blake was not a charlatan: he believed fully in his supernatural privileges. 
  • One of his main weaknesses was a habit of boasting and exaggerating his own powers, which at first imposed upon a vulgar audience and then left them under the impression that he was a charlatan. 
  • The doctor charlatan steals your money under the guise of being your benefactor. 

(Definition of “charlatan” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"charlatan" in American English

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charlatannoun [ C ]

us /ˈʃɑr·lə·tən, -tən/

a person who pretends to have skills or knowledge that the person does not actually have

(Definition of “charlatan” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)