charlatan

[ shahr-luh-tn ]

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Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

from Italian ciarlatano, from ciarlare ‘to babble’

Synonyms

  • quack
  • mountebank
  • sham
  • fraud
  • fake
  • humbug
  • impostor

Antonyms

  • honesty

Definition

a person who pretends or claims to have more knowledge or skill than he or she possesses; quack

Example

That lady was a charlatan, she clearly didn't actually have the experience she said she had.

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