im·pos·tor noun \im-ˈpäs-tər\
: a person who deceives others by pretending to be someone else
: one that assumes false identity or title for the purpose of deception
Examples of IMPOSTOR
- He claimed he was an experienced pilot, but he turned out to be an impostor.
- <the man who claimed to be a prince turned out to be an impostor>
Origin of IMPOSTOR
Late Latin impostor,
from Latin imponere
First Known Use: 1564
Related to IMPOSTOR
- charlatan, fake, faker, fakir, fraud, hoaxer, humbug, mountebank, phony (also phoney), pretender, quack, quacksalver, ringer, sham
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