One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they denounced him as a corrupt charlatan’
quack, mountebank, sham, fraud, fake, humbug, impostor, pretender, masquerader, hoodwinker, hoaxer, cheat, deceiver, dissembler, double-dealer, double-crosser, trickster, confidence trickster, cheater, swindler, fraudster, racketeer
rogue, villain, scoundrel
informal phoney, sharper, sharp, shark, conman, con artist, hustler, flimflammer, flimflam man
British informal twister
North American informal grifter, bunco artist, gold brick, chiseller
Australian informal shicer, magsman, illywhacker
South African informal schlenter
dated confidence man, confidence woman
rare defalcator, tregetour
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