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char•la•tan /ˈʃɑrlətən/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person who pretends to have knowledge or skill;
char•la•tan•ism, char•la•tan•ry, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
char•la•tan  (shärlə tn),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person who pretends to more knowledge or skill than he or she possesses; quack.
char•la•tan•ic  (shär′lə tanik),USA pronunciation  char′la•tani•cal, charla•tan•ish, char′la•tan•istic, adj.  char′la•tani•cal•ly, adv. 
  • Italian ciarlatano, equivalent. to ciarla(tore) chatterer (derivative of ciarlare to chatter; from imitative root) + (cerre)tano hawker, quack, literally, native of Cerreto, a village in Umbria, known for its quacks
  • Middle French
  • 1595–1605
    impostor, mountebank, fraud, fake, phony.

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charlatan /ˈʃɑːlətən/ n
  1. someone who professes knowledge or expertise, esp in medicine, that he or she does not have; quack
Etymology: 17th Century: from French, from Italian ciarlatano, from ciarlare to chatter

ˈcharlatanˌism, ˈcharlatanry n

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