Charlatanic

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Charlatanic Of or like a charlatan; making undue pretension; empirical; pretentious; quackish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • charlatanic Pertaining to or of the character of a charlatan; quackish: as, charlatanic tricks; a charlatanic boaster.
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Usage

In literature:

I will give you an account sometime of a strange piece of magic charlatanism, practiced under the guise of beautiful art!...
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
Withal, Paganini was almost as much a charlatan as he was an original genius.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
I hesitate to call him a charlatan.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
He was never at his ease in their society, and felt himself a kind of charlatan.
"The Martian" by George Du Maurier
Was he really the charlatan, the trickster that he seemed?
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
He was not even completely a charlatan.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
Hundreds have spent fortunes upon charlatans in the attempt.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
Term them conspirators, charlatans, hypocrites, and impostors, if you will, but not fanatics.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Of course she was but a woman and a clever charlatan had entrapped her.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
He was still a charlatan, but a charlatan who believed utterly in his star.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
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In poetry:

Those aged men so lean and wan,
They've seen it all before,
They know they'll see the charlatan
But twice or three times more.
"At a Pantomime." by William Schwenck Gilbert
If through adversity we trod,
Yet with serene and smiling face,
And trusted more to saving grace
Than charlatans and cranks,
For this let us give thanks.
"Let Us Give Thanks" by Hattie Howard
Now we're traveling, what holds back
Arrival, in the very track
Where the urge put forth; so we stay
And move a thousand miles a day.
Time's a Fancy ringing bells
Whose meaning, charlatan history, tells!
"Ironic: LL.D." by William Stanley Braithwaite

In news:

That phrase seems especially appropriate for the Charlatan -in-Chief, Barack Obama, whose speech to the joint session of Congress was both a masterpiece of rhetoric and a shameless fraud.
New York writer Pope Brock describes the exploits of Depression-era quack John R Brinkley in Charlatan : America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam.
I have dubbed this movement of celebrated American writers the New Charlatans .
Lancaster Dodd, the silver-tongued charlatan who presides over The Master, claims he's no hypnotist.
New York writer Pope Brock describes the exploits of Depression-era quack John R Brinkley in Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam.
Hostile Psychedelia From the Charlatans.
They were repelled by what they saw as the hucksterism and charlatanism that had given attempts to delay human aging a bad name.
Memo to all plagiarists, fabricators, jailhouse-memoirists and other literary charlatans: This is a story about a writer.
Most children's authors portray psychics as charlatans, but your books leave room for both skeptics and believers.
Cartoons, crime, charlatans and Obama are all here for your viewing pleasure.
A low-budget faux horror documentary about a minister-charlatan who invites a film crew to document one of his smoke-and-mirrors exorcisms .
Q&A with screen and stage actor Leslie Odom Jr. What does the recently opened Broadway musical, Leap of Faith, about a charlatan preacher.
Calling President Bush "the murderer and spiller of Muslim blood," al Qaeda's top deputy released a videotape Friday accusing the US president of being a "deceitful charlatan" who has lied to the American people.
Ledger (left) and Damon as Gilliam's charlatan brothers.
Crackdown on charlatans is tragically overdue.
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