imposture

noun im·pos·ture \ im-ˈpäs-chər \

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 in a Sentence

  1. He was accused of imposture.

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Origin and Etymology of imposture

Late Latin impostura, from Latin impositus, impostus, past participle of imponere

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

IMPOSTURE Defined for English Language Learners

imposture

noun

Definition of imposture for English Language Learners

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


IMPOSTURE Defined for Kids

imposture

noun im·pos·ture \ im-ˈpäs-chər \

Definition of imposture for Students

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


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