impostor

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noun im·pos·tor \im-ˈpä-stər\
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imposter

Definition of impostor

  1. :  one that assumes false identity or title for the purpose of deception

Examples of impostor in a Sentence

  1. He claimed he was an experienced pilot, but he turned out to be an impostor.

  2. the man who claimed to be a prince turned out to be an impostor

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Origin and Etymology of impostor

Late Latin impostor, from Latin imponere


IMPOSTOR Defined for English Language Learners

impostor

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Definition of impostor for English Language Learners

  • : a person who deceives others by pretending to be someone else


IMPOSTOR Defined for Kids

impostor

play
noun im·pos·tor \im-ˈpä-stər\
variants: or

imposter

\im-ˈpä-stər\

Definition of impostor for Students

  1. :  a person who deceives others by pretending to be someone else


Law Dictionary

impostor

noun im·pos·tor \im-ˈpäs-tər\
variants: or

imposter

\im-ˈpäs-tər\ play

Legal Definition of impostor

  1. :  one that assumes a false identity or title for the purpose of deception :  impersonator



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