Read a cautionary tale about the seductive and dangerous power of a charlatan sociopath, featuring goats and the American Dream.
In our shock at the way things have turned out, we wonder if there is anyone left in charge who's not a charlatan or a fool.
charlatan is an unfair word,” Kennedy opined, but “he did an awful lot for effect.
And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write.
He is the charlatan, holy and massive and not perfectly self-convincing.
Surely nobody would be a charlatan who could afford to be sincere.
Perhaps that pimp and charlatan won't come with me to the Royal Court.
Hugh could not help thinking there was more or less of the charlatan about the man.
To-day, we fear, he would be largely regarded as little better than a charlatan and a quack.
If I were a mountebank or a charlatan I would claim that it cures a hundred diseases.
1610s, from French charlatan "mountebank, babbler" (16c.), from Italian ciarlatano "a quack," from ciarlare "to prate, babble," from ciarla "chat, prattle," perhaps imitative of ducks' quacking. Related: Charlatanism; charlatanical; charlatanry.
charlatan char·la·tan (shär'lə-tən)
A person fraudulently claiming knowledge and skills not possessed.