Definition of confidence trickster in English:

confidence trickster


  • A person who sets out to defraud or deceive people by persuading them to believe something that is not true.

    ‘his dad was a confidence trickster—spent a lot of time inside’
    • ‘There are others who believe they were betrayed by an organization of cheap confidence tricksters and want to tell the world about it.’
    • ‘He was a confidence trickster and was very clever at getting people to take his side.’
    • ‘He would be a confidence trickster who would take his customers for a ride because he is not really interested in them coming back to him again and again.’
    • ‘A male model recruited by an ‘unscrupulous and sophisticated’ team of international confidence tricksters to help defraud St Paul's Cathedral of £100m has been jailed for six months.’
    • ‘I read about 30 books, watched numerous films and spoke to real life confidence tricksters.’
    • ‘There has even been the discovery of the ultimate internet fear, the confidence trickster masquerading as an internet company.’
    • ‘Eighteenth century playwrights and novelists often made their hero a criminal, a highwayman or confidence trickster.’
    • ‘I ordered every book I could find that dealt with confidence tricksters.’
    • ‘To work, films about confidence tricksters need an intricate, believable or ingenious plot and some engaging characters.’
    • ‘They are then only too willing to add more money and attract other investors to this wonderful opportunity - which is exactly what the astute confidence trickster is counting on to continue growing his pyramid.’
    • ‘Lies come in many different shapes and sizes, from the white lie with no bad intent, to destructive and elaborate acts of deception - the kind practised by confidence tricksters, or, in recent years, some high profile politicians.’
    • ‘Call it greed, ignorance or gullibility, some people will always be the ‘marks’ - easy prey for the confidence tricksters.’
    • ‘Of course, not all ‘alternative’ practitioners are deliberate fraudsters or confidence tricksters.’
    • ‘Another common name for this type of swindler or confidence trickster was magsman, originally the name for a man who ran a pitch-and-toss game, which was itself sometimes called magflying from the mags, halfpennies, which were used in it.’
    • ‘What can you say about a boy who starts off in his teens as a confidence trickster, an embezzler, a forger; a teenager who passes himself off as an airline pilot, a doctor and a lawyer, before he is finally arrested by the FBI at the age of 21.’
    • ‘While seeking to recover their money from a confidence trickster, for instance, they are apprehended by police who mistake them for car thieves.’
    • ‘‘From the safe world of his Yorkshire library information desk Frank finds himself in a world of confidence tricksters and sadistic villains,’ said the spokesman.’
    • ‘Jerry is a confidence trickster, sidelining as a cut-price assassin.’
    • ‘It has been brought to my attention that the Republic's children are dismissed from school for the summer, making them vulnerable to indulgence, sloth, gluttony, and the enticements of various confidence tricksters.’
    • ‘But it is also the hallmark of the confidence trickster down the ages.’
    criminal, lawbreaker, offender, villain, black hat, delinquent, malefactor, culprit, wrongdoer, transgressor, sinner
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