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or im·pos·ter  (ĭm-pŏs′tər)
One who engages in deception under an assumed name or identity.

[French imposteur, from Latin impostor, one who assigns a name, from impostus, variant of impositus, past participle of impōnere, to place upon; see impose.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imposter - a person who makes deceitful pretensesimposter - a person who makes deceitful pretenses
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
name dropper - someone who pretends that famous people are his/her friends
ringer - a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses


impostor [ɪmˈpɒstəʳ] Nimpostor(a) m/f
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes when some outrage of peculiar offensiveness stung her to the heart, she would plan schemes of vengeance and revel in the fancied spectacle of his exposure to the world as an imposter and a slave; but in the midst of these joys fear would strike her; she had made him too strong; she could prove nothing, and--heavens, she might get sold down the river for her pains
John Silver," he said, "you're a prodigious villain and imposter--a monstrous imposter, sir.
We feared that having found this somewhere it had aroused his cupidity and led him to believe that in some way he could obtain the reward, possibly by foisting upon us a white girl on the chance that so many years had elapsed that we would not be able to recognize an imposter as such.
It proves," he roared, with a sudden blast of fury, "that you are the damnedest imposter in London--a vile, crawling journalist, who has no more science than he has decency in his composition
You would have supposed that I was showing her some wonderful inventions, by her study of them; and if you had seen her, whenever I jingled my housekeeping keys, get up and attend me, certainly you might have thought that there never was a greater imposter than I with a blinder follower than Caddy Jellyby.
It seemed as if she was not an imposter any more, and was coming to the home of her ancestors.
Either there were two moons, then, or these strangers were imposters, designing scamps, false deities!
Remember that this is Jarley's stupendous collection of upwards of One Hundred Figures, and that it is the only collection in the world; all others being imposters and deceptions.
The Corrie star was terrified when an imposter created fake social media accounts for her and her children, put pictures of her house up and said she was after a boyfriend.
AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel and the association's New York State President, Leo Asen, joined the volunteers as they made calls to hundreds of New Yorkers warning them of two key imposter scams: IRS and "tech support.
The Cockney-speaking imposter - dubbed Rockaway Rod - has been spotted knocking back free cocktails and tucking into slap-up meals.
However, imposter Luke is not in a mood to let him part ways like this as he has something in store for Julian.

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