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per·son·ate 1

 (pûr′sə-nāt′)
tr.v. per·son·at·ed, per·son·at·ing, per·son·ates
1. To play the role or portray the part of (a character).
2. To assume the character or appearance of, especially fraudulently; impersonate.

[Late Latin persōnāre, persōnāt-, to bear the character of, represent, from Latin persōna, person; see person.]

per′son·a′tion n.
per′son·a′tive adj.
per′son·a′tor n.

per·son·ate 2

 (pûr′sə-nĭt)
adj. Botany
Having two lips, with the throat closed by a prominent palate. Used of a corolla, such as that of the snapdragon.

[Latin persōnātus, masked, from persōna, mask; see person.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.personation - 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
2.personation - acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
acting, performing, playacting, playing - the performance of a part or role in a drama
impression - an impressionistic portrayal of a person; "he did a funny impression of a politician"
persona, theatrical role, role, character, part - an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"
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Trial of Sudanese citizen and three Egyptians on charges of fraud and personation.
Cooke's personation of the monster in Frankenstein, and I am sure he will receive many valuable hints towards perfecting himself in the character of Banquo's sprite; or rather, I should say, let Mr.
does not mention a phrase Newman introduces in this very sermon to speak precisely of the personalist nature of revealed religion: "method of personation.
Ballot papers landing on the mat can be easily intercepted, giving determined politically-motivated individuals the illegal benefit of multiple votes through dictation, intimidation or personation.
According to ECP, all contesting candidates and their supporters shall avoid scrupulously all activities which are offences under the election laws, such as bribing of voters, intimidation and personation, canvassing within 400 yards of a polling station including setting up of camps.
The maximum penalty for personation is two years' imprisonment.
He is convinced there is a problem with personation, where somebody goes to a polling station and gives the name of someone else, usually a known non-voter, and takes their ballot.