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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
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John Silver," he said, "you're a prodigious villain and imposter--a monstrous imposter, sir.
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
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
It seemed as if she was not an imposter any more, and was coming to the home of her ancestors.
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.
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.
Either there were two moons, then, or these strangers were imposters, designing scamps, false deities!
The charge-sheet filed by the CBI on September 13, last year had said that a candidate who was to appear in the constable recruitment exam from Jawaharlal Nehru College of Technology in Rewa skipped the exam and an imposter had appeared on his behalf.
As well as feeling unworthy of their own achievements, people with a case of imposter syndrome can often have unsustainably high selfexpectations around their competence as well.
Last month, we launched Imposter Buster, a unique Twitter bot.
Police are still hunting for the imposter and her "daughter", but caught the stand-in grandson.

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