impostor

noun
im·​pos·​tor | \ im-ˈpä-stər How to pronounce impostor (audio) \
variants: or imposter

Definition of impostor

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

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Examples of impostor in a Sentence

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
Recent Examples on the Web But one of the crewmembers is an alien impostor attempting to sabotage your jersey. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "'Among Us' heading to Xbox in 2021, but you can get it now with Xbox Game Pass for PC," 18 Dec. 2020 The idea is to figure out which of the team is actually an impostor before a successful sabotage is completed or all of the Crewmates have been eliminated. Brittany Vincent, Wired, "The Biggest Video Game Surprise Hits of 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 Players will collaborate through emergency meeting to help determine who is the impostor and boot them off the ship. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "'Among Us' is available on Nintendo Switch, and you can download it now," 16 Dec. 2020 One of the crewmembers is an alien impostor attempting to sabotage the rest of the crew. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "'Among Us' is available on Nintendo Switch, and you can download it now," 16 Dec. 2020 While triumph may be an impostor, disaster is as real as the U.S. Congress. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "How to Eat Crow," 7 Dec. 2020 Like a good novel, a skilled impostor can be the lie that tells the truth. Megan O’grady, New York Times, "How ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ Foretold Our Era of Grifting," 12 Nov. 2020 First, many people don’t know how to spell impostor. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "Almost everyone feels like an ‘impostor’ at times," 5 Nov. 2020 An impostor nurse once employed by an Ann Arbor healthcare consulting firm was sentenced to 65 months in prison for defrauding employers of over $2.2 million and evading nearly $700,000 in taxes, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Impostor nurse who lied to land $280K job in Ann Arbor gets prison time," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of impostor

1564, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for impostor

Late Latin impostor, from Latin imponere

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The first known use of impostor was in 1564

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Last Updated

17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Impostor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impostor. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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impostor

noun
How to pronounce impostor (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of impostor

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

impostor

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

Kids Definition of impostor

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

impostor

noun
im·​pos·​tor
variants: or imposter \ im-​ˈpäs-​tər How to pronounce impostor (audio) \

Legal Definition of impostor

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

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