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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 ?
The "moral agriculturist" had failed to remove her personal distrust of him, cunningly as he had tried to plead against it by openly confessing the impostures that he had practiced on others.
And, in fine, of false sciences I thought I knew the worth sufficiently to escape being deceived by the professions of an alchemist, the predictions of an astrologer, the impostures of a magician, or by the artifices and boasting of any of those who profess to know things of which they are ignorant.
The third and last (which is the great one) is, that almost all of them, being infinite in number, have been impostures, and by idle and crafty brains merely contrived and feigned, after the event past.
In this city of Naples, they believe in and support one of the wretchedest of all the religious impostures one can find in Italy--the miraculous liquefaction of the blood of St.
It is true he was guilty of some slight impostures, but unless he was a great Wizard how -- let me ask -- could he have hidden this girl Ozma so securely that no one can find her?
In these private talks he demonstrated that he knew their game as well as they did, and that he was no slave to the dark superstitions and gross impostures with which they kept the people in submission.
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.