An example of a charlatan is someone who pretends to be able to tell the future.
Origin of charlatanFrench from Italian ciarlatano, a quack from cerretano, one who cries out in the market place from Vulgar Latin cerretanus, seller of papal indulgences at Cerreto, town in Italy: influenced, influence by Italian ciarlare, to prate
Origin of charlatanFrench from Italian ciarlatano probably alteration ( influenced by ciarlare to prattle ) of cerretano inhabitant of Cerreto , a city of Italy once famous for its quacks
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From Middle French charlatan, from Old Italian ciarlatano (“quack”), a blend of ciarlatore (“a chatterer”) and cerretano (“a hawker, quack”), literally, a native of Cerreto, a village in Umbria, known for its quacks.