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SWINDLER, criminal law. A cheat; one guilty of defrauding divers persons. 1 Term Rep. 748; 2 H. Blackst. 531; Stark. on Sland. 135.
     2. Swindling is usually applied to a transaction, where the guilty party procures the delivery to him, under a pretended contract, of the personal property of another, with the felonious design of appropriating it to his own use. 2 Russell on Crimes, 130; Alison, Prine. Cr. Law of Scotland, 250; Mass. 406.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Ciarlatano was borrowed into French as charlatan and hence into English, where it was in use by the early 17th century.
17 as part of the corruption investigation and subsequently released pending trial, accused Bahceli of defamation of character over a March 27 election speech in which the MHP leader called him a charlatan. The controversial businessman is demanding TL 100,000 for emotional damages, according to his lawyer, E[currency]eyda Yyldyrym.
La police met fin a la dangereuse activite d'un charlatan
London, Mar 15 (ANI): English actress Emily Mortimer has claimed that she is 'a total charlatan' when it comes to acting, and that she is not qualified for it.
For many scholars, the Renaissance charlatan exists as either a trickster or a quack.
In particular, I appreciated Frankie Edozien's "Sharpton's New Sermon," because during Al Sharpton's earlier years in the public eye, he seemed to be merely a charlatan or a buffoon (or both).
In this issue Paul Maliszewski--a student of one particular genre attendant to Holocaust literature, the fraudulent survivor memoir--reports on novelist Michael Chabon's use of a made-up anecdote relating a boyhood friendship with one such charlatan author.
He doesn't quite answer the question, but says that he tries not to be bothered either by those who see his conversion as a 'charlatan's trick' or by those Christians who are 'wildly enthusiastic' about it.
I consider myself more of a wuss and a charlatan than a poser.
Although he has gotten good press lately, reminding us of the old adage that nothing succeeds like success, he was, in my judgment, a charlatan and a phony If we as physicians are to be examples to our patients, we must be categorical in our denunciation of an Atkins.
Some wanted to know more, others wondered how we could have been taken in by such an obvious charlatan. Yet all agreed the basic concept, building a vehicle that could take off and land vertically and fly 900 miles at speeds approaching 400 mph, was seductive in its ability to reduce congestion and speed travel time.