impersonation


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im·per·son·ate

 (ĭm-pûr′sə-nāt′)
tr.v. im·per·son·at·ed, im·per·son·at·ing, im·per·son·ates
1. To assume the character or appearance of, especially fraudulently: impersonate a police officer.
2. To imitate the appearance, voice, or manner of; mimic: an entertainer who impersonates celebrities.

im·per′son·a′tion n.
im·per′son·a′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impersonation - a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effectimpersonation - a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
mock-heroic - a satirical imitation of heroic verse
humor, wit, witticism, wittiness, humour - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
parody, pasquinade, put-on, sendup, spoof, charade, lampoon, mockery, burlesque, travesty, takeoff - a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
2.impersonation - pretending to be another person
dissimulation, deception, dissembling, deceit - the act of deceiving
3.impersonation - imitating the mannerisms of another person
acting, performing, playacting, playing - the performance of a part or role in a drama
apery, mimicry - the act of mimicking; imitative behavior

impersonation

noun imitation, impression, parody, caricature, takeoff (informal), mimicry She excelled at impersonations of his teachers.
Translations
إنتِحال شَخْصِيَّة غَيْرِه
ztělesnění
efterligningfremstilling
megszemélyesítésmegtestesülés
persónugerving
taklit etme

impersonation

[ɪmˌpɜːsəˈneɪʃən] N (to commit crime) → suplantación f (Theat) → imitación f
he does impersonationshace imitaciones

impersonation

[ɪmˌpɜːrsəˈneɪʃən] n
(= mimicking) → imitation f
(with intent to mislead)usurpation f d'identité

impersonation

n
(= passing oneself off)Verkörperung f; his impersonation of an officersein Auftreten ntals Offizier
(= impression, takeoff)Imitation f, → Nachahmung f; he does impersonations of politicianser imitiert Politiker; his Elvis impersonationseine Elvis-Imitation

impersonation

[ɪmˌpɜːsəˈneɪʃn] n (gen) (Theatre) → imitazione f; (fraudulent) → usurpazione f d'identità

impersonate

(imˈpəːsəneit) verb
to copy the behaviour etc of or pretend to be (another person), sometimes in order to deceive. The comedian impersonated the prime minister.
imˌpersoˈnation noun
References in classic literature ?
In her habits, she was a living impersonation of order, method, and exactness.
There, forcing its way steadily through all the faults of inexperience -- there, plainly visible to the dullest of the spectators, was the rare faculty of dramatic impersonation, expressing itself in every look and action of this girl of eighteen, who now stood on a stage for the first time in her life.
It was not that he had lost his good looks, or his old bearing of a gentleman - for that he had not - but the thing that struck me most, was, that with the evidences of his native superiority still upon him, he should submit himself to that crawling impersonation of meanness, Uriah Heep.
These were fervent Brahmins, the bitterest foes of Buddhism, their deities being Vishnu, the solar god, Shiva, the divine impersonation of natural forces, and Brahma, the supreme ruler of priests and legislators.
unutterable wo--yes, inexorable girl, your vacillating 'yes' has rendered me the impersonation of that oppressive sentiment, of which your beauty and excellence have become the mocking reality.
Finally, the delicate fancy of La Fargehas supplemented the immortal pen-portrait of the Typee maiden with a speaking impersonation of her beauty.
77] The portraits of actors and other theatrical celebrities range from Elizabeth, from the melodramatic costumes and faces of the contemporaries of Shakespeare, to the conventional costumes, the rotund expression, of the age of the Georges, masking a power of imaginative impersonation probably unknown in Shakespeare's day.
He looked the impersonation of rank and breeding--of wealth and prosperity.
I told him how I had "committed" him and added that if he didn't care to keep the engagement I should be delighted to continue the impersonation.
With lips compressed and clouded brow, he strode up and down the oaken floor, the very genius and impersonation of asceticism, while the great bell still thundered and clanged above his head.
I stood beside the carriage, and, the window being down, I saw my happy friend fondly encircle his companion's waist with his arm, while she rested her glowing cheek on his shoulder, looking the very impersonation of loving, trusting bliss.
It is an immense help in any little temporary impersonation.