imposture


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im·pos·ture

 (ĭm-pŏs′chər)
n.
The act or instance of engaging in deception under an assumed name or identity.

[French, from Old French, from Late Latin impostūra, from Latin impostus, variant of impositus, past participle of impōnere, to place upon; see impose.]

imposture

(ɪmˈpɒstʃə)
n
the act or an instance of deceiving others, esp by assuming a false identity
[C16: from French, from Late Latin impostūra, from Latin impōnere; see impose]
impostrous, impostorous, imˈposturous adj

im•pos•ture

(ɪmˈpɒs tʃər)

n.
1. the action or practice of imposing fraudulently upon others.
2. deception using an assumed character, identity, or name.
3. an instance of imposture.
[< Late Latin impostūra]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imposture - pretending to be another person
dissimulation, deception, dissembling, deceit - the act of deceiving

imposture

noun
An indirect, usually cunning means of gaining an end:
Informal: shenanigan, take-in.
Translations

imposture

[ɪmˈpɒstʃəʳ] Nimpostura f, engaño m

imposture

nBetrug m, → Schwindelei f

imposture

[ɪmˈpɒstʃəʳ] n (frm) → impostura
References in classic literature ?
I was so conscious of having passed through scenes of which they could have no knowledge, and of having acquired experiences foreign to my age, appearance, and condition as one of them, that I half believed it was an imposture to come there as an ordinary little schoolboy.
No visitors appearing, she perceived that she was, for perhaps the hundredth time in her life, the victim of an imposture devised by Agatha.
And yet it seems that you are aware of the imposture, because you say to-day THAT THERE IS NO ANGEL OF MUSIC
I am not Prince Camaralzaman, but a princess like yourself and his wife, and I beg you to listen to my story, then I am sure you will forgive my imposture, in consideration of my sufferings.
He confessed with the utmost frankness and ingenuity that the priests and religious have given dreadful accounts both of us and of the religion we preached; that the unhappy people were taught by them that the curse of God attended us wheresoever we went; that we were always followed by the grasshoppers, that pest of Abyssinia, which carried famine and destruction over all the country; that he, seeing no grasshoppers following us when we passed by their village, began to doubt of the reality of what the priests had so confidently asserted, and was now convinced that the representation they made of us was calumny and imposture.
It is impossible not to bestow the imputation of deliberate imposture and deception upon the gross pretense of a similitude between a king of Great Britain and a magistrate of the character marked out for that of the President of the United States.
For the most part their enthusiasm is adopted to suit the time and opportunity-- to practise imposture upon the British and Austrian millionaires.
And wherever there is any danger of imposture we cannot trust to this method.
But I am strongly inclined to believe not only the corpse was refused Christian burial, but that the heart which was brought to Vancouver some time after the event, and which the Hawiians stoutly maintained was that of Captain Cook, was no such thing; and that the whole affair was a piece of imposture which was sought to be palmed off upon the credulous Englishman.
At other times the reality became an infamy again and the unchangeable an imposture, and he gave himself up to his angry restlessness till he was weary.
Some malicious persons it is true deny the identity of this reputable character with the Evangelist of old times, and even pretend to bring competent evidence of an imposture.
When she did, there must have come, too, a terrible realization of what it meant to her--the loss of power--humiliation--the exposure of the fraud and imposture which she had for so long played upon her own people.