imposture

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noun im·pos·ture \im-ˈpäs-chər\

Definition of imposture

  1. 1 :  the act or practice of deceiving by means of an assumed character or name

  2. 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

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Definition of imposture for English Language Learners

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


IMPOSTURE Defined for Kids

imposture

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noun im·pos·ture \im-ˈpäs-chər\

Definition of imposture for Students

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



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