charlatanical

charlatan

[shahr-luh-tn]
noun
a person who pretends or claims to have more knowledge or skill than he or she possesses; quack.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Middle French < 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

charlatanic [shahr-luh-tan-ik] , charlatanical, charlatanish, charlatanistic, adjective
charlatanically, adverb


impostor, mountebank, fraud, fake, phony.
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charlatan (ˈʃɑːlətən)
 
n
someone who professes knowledge or expertise, esp in medicine, that he or she does not have; quack
 
[C17: from French, from Italian ciarlatano, from ciarlare to chatter]
 
'charlatanism
 
n
 
'charlatanry
 
n
 
charlatan'istic
 
adj

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charlatan
1611, from It. ciarlatano "a quack," from ciarlare "to prate, babble," from ciarla "chat, prattle," perhaps imitative of ducks' quacking.
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charlatan char·la·tan (shär'lə-tən)
n.
A person fraudulently claiming knowledge and skills not possessed.

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