- a person who practices deception under an assumed character, identity, or name.
Origin of impostor
- a tax; tribute; duty.
- a customs duty.
- Horse Racing. the weight assigned to a horse in a race.
- to determine customs duties on, according to the kind of imports.
Origin of impost1
Examples from the Web for imposter
Worse still, they called on an expert witness—an imposter—who made a mockery of scientific procedure.‘The Staircase’: Director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade on Michael Peterson, Owls, and More
Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
March 4, 2013
Later, he was captured by Henry, “confessed” that he was an imposter and was executed.Unraveling King Richard III’s Secrets
February 13, 2013
With the real Bert Rodriguez in view, word seems to be spreading quickly that I am an imposter.My Great Art-Hoax Experiment
December 9, 2012
“Philip did not seem ever to feel like an imposter in his own life,” she thinks to herself, more than once.This Week’s Hot Reads: Oct. 15, 2012
October 15, 2012
The earl looked on him as an imposter and would have nothing to do with him.Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)
This Mejnour is an imposter more dangerous, because more in earnest, than Zanoni.Zanoni
Edward Bulwer Lytton
Joanna Southcott, a noted English fanatic and imposter, died.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology
He has even added: If he had been, he would have been an imposter.Browning and Dogma
Ethel M. Naish
Had the imposter, now slain by the wild boar, taken it from him?Quest of the Golden Ape
- a tax, esp a customs duty
- horse racing the specific weight that a particular horse must carry in a handicap race
- (tr) US to classify (imported goods) according to the duty payable on them
- architect a member at the top of a wall, pier, or column that supports an arch, esp one that has a projecting moulding
- a person who deceives others, esp by assuming a false identity; charlatan
Word Origin and History for imposter
1580s, from Middle French imposteur (16c.), from Late Latin impostor, agent noun from impostus, collateral form of impositus, past participle of imponere "place upon, impose upon, deceive," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + ponere "to put place" (see position).
"tax, duty," 1560s, from Middle French impost, from Medieval Latin impostum, from neuter of Latin impostus, contracted from impositus, past participle of imponere (see impostor).