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

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 Shakespearean court intrigue and explosive battles, culminating in a heart-stopping scene in which the impostor finally lets his hubris get the better of him. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 12 May 2022 The trailer leaned into the tension of knowing there’s an impostor stalking crewmates (who also have visible hands in the VR mode). Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 However, in contrast to the impostor tweet, György never called for a boycott of the NCAA in her open letter. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2022 Indeed, many of the champions of confidence culture—such as the female celebrities Serena Williams, Melinda Gates, and Michelle Obama—have confessed their self-doubts, experiences of impostor syndrome, and other struggles. Shani Orgad, The Atlantic, 7 Mar. 2022 First, country music star Lyle Lovett appeared as Texas Ranger Waylon Gates, and then Jimmy Buffett showed up as himself — but an impostor. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, 25 Feb. 2022 But the technology isn’t perfect, and researchers say identity-verification errors can block a person from accessing vital services or allow an impostor to get through. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Jan. 2022 The Final Hours of Amie Harwick Could suspected murder victim, back from the dead, be an impostor? CBS News, 9 Feb. 2022 But the technology isn’t perfect, and researchers say identity-verification errors can block a person from accessing vital services or allow an impostor to get through. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Impostor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impostor. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for impostor

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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