- 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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- 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 imposturous
"act of willfully deceiving others," 1530s, from Middle French imposture, from Late Latin impostura, from impostus (see impost).
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