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charlatan

 [shahr´lah-tan]
a pretender to knowledge or skills not possessed; in medicine, a quack.

char·la·tan

(shar'lă-tan),
A medical fraud claiming to cure disease by useless procedures, secret remedies, and worthless diagnostic and therapeutic machines.
Synonym(s): quack
[Fr., fr. It. ciarlare, to prattle]

charlatan

[shär′lətən]
Etymology: Fr, imposter
a totally unqualified individual posing as an expert, especially an individual pretending to be a physician. Also called quack. charlatanical, adj.
(1) Quack
(2) A pretentious imposter (in current non-medical use)

char·la·tan

(shahr'lă-tăn)
A medical fraud claiming to cure disease by useless procedures, secret remedies, and worthless diagnostic and therapeutic machines.
Synonym(s): quack.
[Fr., fr. It. ciarlare, to prattle]

charlatan

A person unjustifiably claiming knowledge or skill, especially of medicine or healing. In this age of pseudoscience, it is often difficult to distinguish the charlatan from the merely uninformed.

char·la·tan

(shahr'lă-tăn)
A medical imposter claiming to cure disease by useless procedures, secret remedies, and worthless diagnostic and therapeutic machines.
Synonym(s): quack.
[Fr., fr. It. ciarlare, to prattle]

charlatan (shar´lətən),

n a quack, a person who pretends to have skills or knowledge that he or she does not possess.

charlatan

a pretender to knowledge or skills not possessed; in veterinary medicine, a quack.
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The National Review thought it "really stupefying" that the Liberal government appeared obsessed with "the Disarmament craze," and it poured scorn on "the mountebank at the Admiralty" (that is, Churchill) for his "platform performances[, which] are as idiotic to us as they are offensive to Germany, and play into the hands of the vast army of Anglophobes [in Germany] who preach a jehad against this country.
As his characterization suggests, the good work of elitism is no easy calling, set upon as we are by every manner of mountebank and false prophet, all claiming "excellence" as the basis of their evangel.
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Gercheszky knew what a mountebank was, but assumed his clients would not--that was the beauty part.
Dousterswivel's threat is figured along similar lines: with his mystical cabal, his "strange tales" (128), and his "systems" (226), "this tramping philosopher" (15) and "strolling blackguard and mountebank [has] put the finishing blow to the ruin of an ancient and honorable family" (128).
You would hardly take me for the crazy mountebank you met in the street half an hour ago.
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Forgive the sullen, willful ignoramus; Forgive the smug, the damfool, and the shameless, The thug, the cruel and manic patriotic, The snitch, the trembling, self-deceived neurotic, The seeker after nostrums, the tainted juror, The mountebank and scamming usurer, The hatred-monger, the, quester after gurus, The fixer, liar, the humbug with a screw loose.
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The meanings I did find were: one who fakes, charlatan, fake, faker, fraud, humbug, mountebank, phoney, pretender, quack.