con artist

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con artist

1. A person who exploits the vulnerability of others for their own sake by manipulating and taking advantage of their confidence (the act of which is known as a confidence trick or game). It is the common abbreviation of the full term, "confidence artist." Be wary of con artists who send emails claiming to be a bank or some other trustworthy establishment: they often ask for your personal bank details to have access to your finances.
2. By extension, a person who is skilled at duplicity, cajolery, or self-serving manipulation or persuasion. John is such a con artist, always convincing others to pay for him on nights out under the pretense that he'll "pay them back later."
See also: artist, con

con artist

verb
See also: artist, con
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Naturally, when the work is completed, the confidence artist never admits that he or she received help from another person.
Like all confidence artists, this individual uses a line of smooth talk to win your trust.
Though the medium used to deliver the Internet scam rings with the contemporary, it's a form that's actually rooted in a much older literary genre -- an 18th-century swindle called "The Jerusalem Letter." The name doesn't refer to the Palestinian capital, but a prison on Rue de Jerusalem, in the Paris suburb of Bicetre, which formerly housed many French confidence artists.
The first aim of confidence artists is, of course, to develop confidence.
Barbara Benedict's essay, 'The Mad Scientist: The Creation of a Literary Stereotype', offers sorcerers, scientists, and physicians, who may also be rogues, confidence artists, and quacks.
He is a stage and television performer/writer, an actor and consultant to the film industry in its portrayals of conjurers and confidence artists, a scholar and collector of magic history, and the author of Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women (1986) and the cult classic Cards as Weapons (1977).