Charlatan vs Magus - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between charlatan and magus

is that charlatan is a malicious trickster; a fake person, especially one who deceives for personal profit while magus is (common usage) magician, and derogatorily sorcerer, trickster, conjurer, charlatan.

charlatan

Noun

(en noun)
  • A malicious trickster; a fake person, especially one who deceives for personal profit.
  • Synonyms

    * swindler * mountebank * fraudster * con-artist * conman * imposter, impostor * fraud * phony * fake * See also

    magus

    English

    Noun

    (magi)
  • (common usage) magician, and derogatorily sorcerer, trickster, conjurer, charlatan
  • (special usage) a Zoroastrian priest
  • : Note : the two meanings overlap in classical usage— both derive from the Greco-Roman identification of "Zoroaster" as the "inventor" of astrology and magic. The first meaning ('magician') derives from the sense of "practitioner of the Zoroaster's craft", and the second meaning ('priest') from the sense of "practitioner of Zoroaster's religion".

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