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con artist

noun, Informal.
a person adept at lying, cajolery, or glib self-serving talk.
a person adept at swindling by means of confidence games; swindler. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for con artist
  • His opinion is no more valid than that of a con artist selling time shares.
  • Or he could simply be a con artist who knows full well what he's doing.
  • Garner played the con artist with a sense of humor and a code of honor, and the image stuck.
  • Affinity fraud occurs when a con artist preys on a group of people who share a common bond.
  • Many of the scams that technologically savvy con artist use are variations of those that have been around for many years.
  • Don't allow an aggressive con artist to pressure you into making a quick decision.
  • The con artist has collected the money and disappeared.
  • In the scam, a con artist emails the consumer a link, allegedly a copy of the traffic ticket to fill out and mail in.
  • Fortunately, the online payment service the con artist used to collect donations began to question the web site's legitimacy.
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con artist

Related Terms

con man

con man

noun phrase
  1. A confidence man (1889+)
  2. One adept at persuasion, esp at dishonest or self-serving persuasion (1900s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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