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

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Industry bodies and regulators keep tabs on would-be impostors. The Economist, "“Olympic”, “royal”, “knob”—the names that can get your business banned," 29 Aug. 2019 Intrigued, the impostor princess wrote to him, offering her support and reminding him that the empress was their common enemy. National Geographic, "This 'pretender princess' tried to steal Catherine the Great's throne," 6 Aug. 2019 On one of the impostor sites, there were several misleading links. Michelle Singletary, BostonGlobe.com, "The Equifax settlement has already spawned deceptive websites," 3 Aug. 2019 Of those consumers who reported a Social Security impostor scam to the FTC, 3.9% reported losing money as of June 30, 2019. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Social Security sent out some wrong estimates. What you need to know," 7 Aug. 2019 On one of the impostor sites, there were several misleading links. Michelle Singletary, BostonGlobe.com, "The Equifax settlement has already spawned deceptive websites," 3 Aug. 2019 On one of the impostor sites, there were several misleading links. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "The Equifax settlement has already spawned deceptive websites," 2 Aug. 2019 On Facebook and Instagram, there are lottery scams, celebrity impostors and even fake Mark Zuckerbergs. Jack Nicas, New York Times, "5 Things to Know About Military Romance Scams on Facebook," 28 July 2019 The Portage police on Wednesday warned residents of an alleged police officer impostor following an early morning pull over earlier this month. Michael Gonzalez, chicagotribune.com, "Portage, Indiana State Police investigating possible police impostor," 25 July 2019

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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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impostor

noun

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 imposter (audio) \

Legal Definition of impostor

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

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