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charlatan


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Charlatan  \Char"la*tan\,  n.  [F.  charlatan,  fr  It  ciarlatano 
  fr  ciarlare  to  chartter,  prate;  of  imitative  origin;  cf  It 
  zirlare  to  whistle  like  a  thrush.] 
  One  who  prates  much  in  his  own  favor,  and  makes  unwarrantable 
  pretensions;  a  quack;  an  impostor;  an  empiric;  a  mountebank. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  charlatan 
  n  :  a  flamboyant  deceiver;  one  who  attracts  customers  with 
  tricks  or  jokes  [syn:  {mountebank}] 




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