- the action or practice of imposing fraudulently upon others.
- deception using an assumed character, identity, or name, as by an impostor.
- an instance or piece of fraudulent imposition.
Origin of imposture
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3. fraud, hoax, swindle, deception, humbug, cheat.
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Examples from the Web for imposture
Even after the imposture was revealed, however, Taliban leaders remained positive that that their trick could still work.Afghanistan: The Taliban Plot to Assassinate Karzai
December 8, 2012
If the world chose to esteem him, he did not buy its opinion by imposture.Night and Morning, Complete
Satisfied, now, that there was imposture, he resolved to ferret it out.
I need only say that the secret of my imposture defied detection.The Prisoner of Zenda
Where he was now he seemed to be not so much a fallen tyrant as a silly sham and an imposture.The Scapegoat
It—it—seems, monsieur, that—ah—that I have been the victim of some imposture.St. Martin's Summer
- 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
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Word Origin and History for imposture
"act of willfully deceiving others," 1530s, from Middle French imposture, from Late Latin impostura, from impostus (see impost).
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