imposture


im·pos·ture

noun \im-ˈpäs-chər\

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

Full Definition of IMPOSTURE

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

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