po·​seur | \ pō-ˈzər How to pronounce poseur (audio) , ˈpō-zər\

Definition of poseur

: a person who pretends to be what he or she is not : an affected or insincere person

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The plot is fueled by arch archetypes that infuriate the main character, Alceste, who prides himself on telling these poseurs the truth, no matter the cost. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "‘A Misanthrope’ brings Molière’s fabulous fakes into the 21st century," 5 June 2019 This is not to say that all of the nineties’ non-black hip-hop devotees were poseurs, or that sincere hip-hop fans cannot grow up to be lawyers. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "It’s Like This and Like That and Like What?," 2 May 2018 Facebook’s ranking in the Apple App Store went up after #deletefacebook went viral, probably from refusenik poseurs reinstalling the app after deleting it. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "Mark Zuckerberg Plays the Scapegoat for Our Facebook Sins," 17 Apr. 2018 The series was more about Versace’s killer, the deadly narcissistic poseur Andrew Cunanan, than about Versace. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty column: Xavier Nation, say hello to Travis Steele ... or Porter Moser?," 28 Mar. 2018 Laying it off on senior administration officials will no longer fly given the liars, hustlers, incompetents, poseurs and mountebanks who dominate this West Wing. David Zurawik, baltimoresun.com, "Press gives Trump 'fake news' ammo when it predicts things that don't come to pass," 9 Mar. 2018 Casey Jane Ellison has made a comedy-slash-art career out of walking the very fine line between her abiding love for and hilarious mockery of the art world—or at least of its sycophants, poseurs, and profiteers. Vogue, "Casey Jane Ellison Thinks You Should Call Your Mom," 6 Feb. 2018 Because in rock ’n’ roll mystery and legend seem to go hand-in-hand, appreciation for its unsung heroes often adds another layer to every fan’s favorite argument: self-indulgent poseur or underrated genius. Jessi Roti, chicagotribune.com, "Alex Chilton's legacy as influential cult figure in rock remains thanks to annual birthday bash," 21 Dec. 2017 The Team Rocket stand-in is a gang of lovably useless hip-hop poseurs. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are the near-instant remakes we deserve," 15 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of poseur

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poseur

French, literally, poser, from poser

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