imposture


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imposture

the act of deceiving by assuming a false identity; fraud, hoax, swindle
Not to be confused with:
imposter – charlatan, fake, fraud, pretender: He claimed to be a prince, but he was only an imposter.

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 ?
There we have two specimens of these Neapolitans--two of the silliest possible frauds, which half the population religiously and faithfully believed, and the other half either believed also or else said nothing about, and thus lent themselves to the support of the imposture. I am very well satisfied to think the whole population believed in those poor, cheap miracles--a people who want two cents every time they bow to you, and who abuse a woman, are capable of it, I think.
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. We are supposed to be the accomplices of mad Anne Catherick, who claims the name, the place, and the living personality of dead Lady Glyde.
A book which the Mohammedans foolishly believe to have been written by divine inspiration, but which Christians know to be a 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.
Where imposture, ignorance, and brutal cupidity, are the stock in trade of a small body of men, and one is described by these characteristics, all his fellows will recognise something belonging to themselves, and each will have a misgiving that the portrait is his own.
18th Brumaire; was not that an imposture? It was a swindle, and not at all like the conduct of a great man!"
We can only hope to protect ourselves against impostors interested in gaining a position among persons of our rank by becoming in some sort (unpleasant as it may be) familiar with the arts by which imposture too frequently succeeds.