con artist

noun
a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victim
Syn: ↑confidence man, ↑con man
Hypernyms:

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Informal.
1. a person adept at lying, cajolery, or glib self-serving talk.
2. a person adept at swindling by means of confidence games; swindler.

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con artist, con'man or con'woman noun
A swindler, esp one with a persuasive way of talking
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Main Entry:con

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con artist UK US noun [countable] [singular con artist plural con artists] informal
someone who lies in order to make people give him money
Thesaurus: people who are considered dishonest or insinceresynonym miscellaneous criminalshyponym words used to describe honest and sincere people and behavioursynonym
Variant: con man

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noun, pl ⋯ -tists [count]
: a person who tricks other people in order to get their money

The couple lost their savings to a con artist who told them he was an investment broker.

called also con man (US) confidence man

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • con artist — UK / US or con man UK / US noun [countable] Word forms con artist : singular con artist plural con artists informal someone who lies in order to make people give him money …   English dictionary

  • con artist — con artists N COUNT A con artist is someone who tricks other people into giving them their money or property. Syn: con man …   English dictionary

  • con artist — con ,artist or con ,man noun count INFORMAL someone who lies in order to make people give him money …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • con artist — Synonyms and related words: bunco artist, bunco steerer, cardsharp, cardsharper, carpetbagger, con man, confidence man, crimp, horse coper, horse trader, jackleg, land pirate, land shark, land grabber, mortgage shark, pettifogger, pitchman, shark …   Moby Thesaurus

  • con artist — /ˈkɒn atəst/ (say kon ahtuhst) noun a person who swindles a victim out of their money or property, or persuades them to do something they would not otherwise have done, by initially gaining their trust. {con(fidence) + artist (def. 5) …   Australian English dictionary

  • con artist — n. con man, swindler, fraud, crook, trickster, cheat, charlatan …   English contemporary dictionary

  • con artist — Go to con man …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • con artist — Informal. 1. a person adept at lying, cajolery, or glib self serving talk. 2. a person adept at swindling by means of confidence games; swindler. * * * …   Universalium

  • con artist — noun A person who defrauds or swindles others after first gaining their trust; a scam operator. Syn: conman, smooth operator …   Wiktionary

  • Con artist — one who swindles by gaining the victim s confidence and then inducing the victim to part with property or money …   Dictionary of Australian slang


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