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[shahr-luh-tn-iz-uh m] /ˈʃɑr lə tnˌɪz əm/
the practice or method of a charlatan.
an instance of this.
Origin of charlatanism
First recorded in 1795-1805; charlatan + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Without any charlatanism of passion I am able to tell you of something to match your devotion.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • Henceforth sceptics can only deny the facts by accusing us of fraud and charlatanism.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland
  • Genius in the man of action is simply the apotheosis of charlatanism.

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
  • And yet, by my lack of charlatanism, I am made less than nothing.

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
  • He had no taint of vulgarity, of charlatanism, of insincerity.

    Ephemera Critica John Churton Collins
  • The more, too, I am persuaded of the charlatanism of literary men.

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • "charlatanism in politics does not appeal to me," she said, drily.

    A Lost Leader

    E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • But all other talk of equality was the greatest sophistry and charlatanism.

    The Lion and The Mouse Charles Klein
  • This success was based on charlatanism; and it is habitually so.

    The Heavenly Father Ernest Naville
  • In both the tide seems strongly set in favour of ignorance, presumption, and charlatanism.

    The London Pulpit J. Ewing Ritchie

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