Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

imposture

play
noun im·pos·ture \im-ˈpäs-chər\

Simple Definition of imposture

  • : the act of deceiving others by pretending to be someone else

Full Definition of imposture

  1. 1 :  the act or practice of deceiving by means of an assumed character or name

  2. 2 :  an instance of imposture

Examples of imposture

  1. He was accused of imposture.



Origin of imposture

Late Latin impostura, from Latin impositus, impostus, past participle of imponere


First Known Use: 1537

Synonym Discussion of imposture

imposture, fraud, sham, fake, humbug, counterfeit mean a thing made to seem other than it is. imposture applies to any situation in which a spurious object or performance is passed off as genuine <their claim of environmental concern is an imposture>. fraud usually implies a deliberate perversion of the truth <the diary was exposed as a fraud>. sham applies to fraudulent imitation of a real thing or action <condemned the election as a sham>. fake implies an imitation of or substitution for the genuine but does not necessarily imply dishonesty <these jewels are fakes; the real ones are in the vault>. humbug suggests elaborate pretense usually so flagrant as to be transparent <creating publicity by foisting humbugs on a gullible public>. counterfeit applies especially to the close imitation of something valuable <20-dollar bills that were counterfeits>.

IMPOSTURE Defined for Kids

imposture

play
noun im·pos·ture \im-ˈpäs-chər\

Definition of imposture

  1. :  the act of deceiving others by pretending to be someone else





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up imposture? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders duvet pince-nez spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ