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Definition of SWINDLER

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Swindler \Swin"dler\, n. [G. schwindler, fr. schwindlen to be dizzy, to act thoughtlessly, to cheat, fr. schwindel dizziness, fr. schwinden to vanish, to disappear, to dwindle. See {Swim} to be dizzy.] One who swindles, or defrauds grossly; one who makes a practice of defrauding others by imposition or deliberate artifice; a cheat. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Sharper; rogue.

     Usage: {Swindler}, {Sharper}. These words agree in describing persons who take unfair advantages. A swindler is one who obtains money or goods under false pretenses. A sharper is one who cheats by sharp practice, as in playing at cards or staking what he can not pay. [1913 Webster]

                  Fraud and injustice soon follow, and the dignity of the British merchant is sunk in the scandalous appellation of a swindler. --V. Knox. [1913 Webster]

                  Perhaps you 'll think I act the same As a sly sharper plays his game.  --Cotton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

95 Moby Thesaurus words for "swindler": Artful Dodger, Judas, Philadelphia lawyer, Yankee horse trader, betrayer, blackleg, body snatcher, booster, bunco steerer, charlatan, charmer, cheat, cheater, chicken thief, chiseler, come-on, con man, confidence man, convict, cozener, crafty rascal, criminal, crook, deceiver, defrauder, den of thieves, desperado, desperate criminal, diddler, dodger, double-dealer, embezzler, felon, filcher, flimflam man, flimflammer, fox, fraud, fugitive, gallows bird, ganef, gangster, gaolbird, ghoul, glib tongue, grafter, grave robber, gyp artist, gypper, hoaxer, horse trader, jailbird, jewel thief, juggler, knave, land pirate, land shark, land-grabber, larcener, larcenist, lawbreaker, lifter, mobster, mountebank, outlaw, peculator, petty thief, pilferer, poacher, prowler, public enemy, purloiner, quisling, racketeer, reynard, robber, scofflaw, scoundrel, scrounger, sharper, shoplifter, shyster, slick citizen, sly dog, slyboots, sneak thief, stealer, sweet talker, thief, thug, traitor, trickster, two-timer, villain, white-collar thief

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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