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charlatan
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Definition one who pretends to have capabilities or knowledge they lack
  • She's a charlatan and a cheat.
charlatan = one who pretends to have capabilities or knowledge they lack
  • Is it possible that you are a charlatan at heart?
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Arrow of Gold
  • Some highly paid charlatans in the media think it's absolutely fine to take a wild guess at the truth and then tell a couple of million people it's cast-iron fact, just in case they might be right.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • charlatans = people who pretend to have capabilities or knowledge they lack
  • "Charlatan!" exclaimed Alberto.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • charlatan = one who pretends to have capabilities or knowledge they lack
  • Base thieves and charlatans!
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • charlatans = people who pretend to have capabilities or knowledge they lack
  • How can I be expected to work with this charlatan?
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • charlatan = someone who pretends to have knowledge or capabilities they lack
  • I'm not a charlatan, I'm an actor—good or bad, an actor.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • charlatan = one who pretends to have capabilities or knowledge they lack
  • Like the charlatan who counterfeits a spiritual force he has sometimes felt, they lose the power they have abused.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • "Allow me to warn you," interposed General Ivolgin, "that he is the greatest charlatan on earth."
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Idiot
  • This feeling is also at times played upon by religious charlatans, who are to be found in savage as well as civilized life.
    Irving, Washington  --  The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U.S.A., in the Rocky Mountains and the far West
  • Surely nobody would be a charlatan who could afford to be sincere.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series
  • "Ulysses," replied Alcinous, "not one of us who sees you has any idea that you are a charlatan or a swindler."
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Scourge of the chicken-soup psychologists and the charlatans of his profession?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He'd expected the sort of frothy, holy-rolling charlatan that he'd seen preaching near Torrance when he was a boy.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • But he is now, and has always been, a liar, a charlatan and a crook.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Even if we must sometimes appear as charlatans.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The time had come, Hamilton said, when "men of real integrity" must unite against all charlatans.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Go ahead and despise it in favor of some sort of hocus-pocus of insinuation and emotional charlatanry—and the Devil will definitely have you in his—
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Summer is only the unfulfilled promise of spring, a charlatan in place of the warm balmy nights I dream of in April.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Would not he, the cad, the charlatan, attempt a more dramatic finish?
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View

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