charlatanry


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charlatanry

(1) Charlatanism, see there.
(2) Quackery, see there.

charlatanry

(shăr′lă-tăn-rē)
Undue pretension to knowledge or skill that is not possessed.
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In the meantime these books strike much-needed blows against the charlatanry of the learned.
While satire of alchemical charlatanry, the false promises of transmutation, and the peculiar terminology of the art is the chief matter of the literary treatment of alchemy from Chaucer through Ben Jonson's The Alchemist and Mercury Vindicated from the Alchemists at Court in the seventeenth century, which comprises the bulk of this study, the literary use of alchemical themes becomes more varied, serious, and less exclusively critical without entirely dropping the satirical facet.
This was not pure charlatanry, as my friend was quick to point out, but demonstrated that the public requires, even today, that a fabulist should appear a true bardic descendant of Homer or Aesop, an original, spontaneous conduit of a popular, unlettered art uncontaminated by high culture or scholarship.
Time was redeemed from waste and bombast, from charlatanry and stacked cards.
Biblical or Delphic prophecies don't begin to aspire to such accuracy; astrologers and Nostradamians dare not commit themselves to factual prognostications but, rather, disguise their charlatanry in a smokescreen of vagueness.
Skeptics frequently ascribe it to charlatanry or the practitioner's imagination.
One by one, and thanks mostly to the Enlightenment, a few brave souls in Europe came to recognize the charlatanry of the continent's historic Jewish and Christian faiths.
And indeed, the suggestion of charlatanry has clung to him as persistently as that of wisdom.
From the middle ages on, Jewish physicians were accused of greed, charlatanry, and inflicting bodily harm on Germans, even as the former were used by the population in great numbers.
They do this sometimes out of ignorance, sometimes out of charlatanry.
Hoover's unwillingness to go after the mob was more a matter of charlatanry and sheer bureaucratic entropy than sexual skullduggery.