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or imposter

[im-pos-ter] /ɪmˈpɒs tər/
a person who practices deception under an assumed character, identity, or name.
Origin of impostor
1580-90; < Late Latin, equivalent to Latin impos(i)-, variant stem of impōnere to deceive, place on (see impone) + -tor -tor Unabridged
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  • Must I thus renounce myself, and see my name stolen by an impostor.

    Amphitryon Moliere
  • And, thought the impostor, so would his master—when the time came.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • That he was, to some extent, an impostor, can hardly be doubted.

  • I am well acquainted with him, I know him by heart; I have no doubt that he is some impostor.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • Schiaparelli has been called an impostor, and Lowell has come in for his full share of vituperation and innuendo.

    Mars and its Mystery Edward Sylvester Morse
British Dictionary definitions for impostor


a person who deceives others, esp by assuming a false identity; charlatan
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin: deceiver; see impose
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Word Origin and History for impostor

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).

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