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personate1

[pur-suh-neyt]
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verb (used with object), per·son·at·ed, per·son·at·ing.
  1. to act or portray (a character in a play, a part, etc.).
  2. to assume the character or appearance of; pass oneself off as, especially with fraudulent intent; impersonate.
  3. to represent in terms of personal properties or characteristics; personify.
verb (used without object), per·son·at·ed, per·son·at·ing.
  1. to act or play a part.

Origin of personate1

1590–1600; v. use of Latin persōnātus personate2
Related formsper·son·a·tion, nounper·son·a·tive, adjectiveper·son·a·tor, noun
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Examples from the Web for personation

Historical Examples

  • No man surely 20 ever had so little talent for personation as Johnson.

    Macaulay's Life of Samuel Johnson

    Thomas Babington Macaulay

  • As to the personation of votes, there should have been no allegation made.

    Ralph the Heir

    Anthony Trollope

  • In the Seville auto of September 24, 1559, there were three cases of personation.

  • And it was believed that in this behalf, they were having recourse to personation.

    Perlycross

    R. D. Blackmore

  • They are bribery, treating, undue influence, and personation.


British Dictionary definitions for personation

personate1

verb (tr)
  1. to act the part of (a character in a play); portray
  2. a less common word for personify
  3. criminal law to assume the identity of (another person) with intent to deceive
Derived Formspersonation, nounpersonative, adjectivepersonator, noun

personate2

adjective
  1. (of the corollas of certain flowers) having two lips in the form of a face

Word Origin

C18: from New Latin persōnātus masked, from Latin persōna; see person
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