Merriam Webster def "charlatan" : one making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability: FRAUD, FAKER a charlatan willing to do and say virtually anything to remain in the spotlight
TFD def "Pretense" 4. A claim or assertion to a right, especially a false one: "a celebrity with scarcely any pretense to talent or achievement" (Joseph Epstein).
Does this mean that a charlatan is claiming that he has knowledge about a particular subject in a showy way?
I'm confused because there's another definition of the word "pretense" meaning: : false show: SIMULATION saw through his pretense of indifference
But the difference between the two definitions is that I noticed that the first definition if used with the word "to" and the latter with "of" Therefore i believe "pretense to knowledge" means "claim to knowledge"