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 (pô-stēsh′, pŏ-)
1. Something false; a sham.
2. A small hairpiece; a toupee.

[French, from Italian posticcio, from posto, added (from Latin positus, past participle of pōnere, to place) or from Vulgar Latin *appostīcius (alteration of Latin appositus, past participle of appōnere, to place by, to add : ad-, ad- + pōnere, to place; see apo- in Indo-European roots).]


1. (Architecture) (of architectural ornament) inappropriately applied; sham
2. false or artificial; spurious
3. (Hairdressing & Grooming) another term for hairpiece2
4. an imitation, counterfeit, or substitute
5. anything that is false; sham or pretence
[C19: from French, from Italian apposticcio (n), from Late Latin appositīcius (adj); see apposite]


(pɔˈstiʃ, pɒ-)

1. artificial; counterfeit.
2. a false hairpiece.
[1850–55; < French < Italian apposticcio < Vulgar Latin *appositīcius added to]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.postiche - a covering or bunch of human or artificial hair used for disguise or adornmentpostiche - a covering or bunch of human or artificial hair used for disguise or adornment
Afro-wig - a wig that gives the appearance of an Afro hairdo
attire, garb, dress - clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion; "formal attire"; "battle dress"
switch - hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure
toupe, toupee - a small hairpiece to cover partial baldness
wig - hairpiece covering the head and made of real or synthetic hair
2.postiche - something that is a counterfeitpostiche - something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
fake book - a fake in the form of an imitation book; used to fill bookcases of people who wish to appear scholarly
imitation - something copied or derived from an original
Potemkin village - something that seems impressive but in fact lacks substance