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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 ?
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.
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.
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.
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?
Her husband is at this moment still persuaded that her maiden name was Bygrave, and that she is really the niece of a scoundrel who assisted her imposture, and whom I recognize, by the description of him, to have been Captain Wragge.
We two, in the estimation of others, are at once the dupes and the agents of a daring imposture.
wicked imposture, contradictory to the Holy Scriptures.
To these encroachments, time and ignorance, the two great supporters of imposture, gave authority; and thus many rules for good writing have been established, which have not the least foundation in truth or nature; and which commonly serve for no other purpose than to curb and restrain genius, in the same manner as it would have restrained the dancing-master, had the many excellent treatises on that art laid it down as an essential rule that every man must dance in chains.
We ARE NOT the first men--and have nevertheless to STAND FOR them: of this imposture have we at last become weary and disgusted.
And yet it seems that you are aware of the imposture, because you say to-day THAT THERE IS NO ANGEL OF MUSIC
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.
And wherever there is any danger of imposture we cannot trust to this method.