A person who uses deception to deprive someone of money or possessions.
fraudster, fraud, confidence trickster, confidence man, cheat, trickster, rogue, mountebank, exploiter, pretender, charlatan, sham, impostor, hoaxer, embezzlerView synonyms
- ‘he used his charm to become a small-time swindler’
Late 18th century from German Schwindler ‘extravagant maker of schemes, swindler’, from schwindeln ‘be giddy’, also ‘tell lies’.
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