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postiche

[paw-steesh, po-]
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adjective
  1. superadded, especially inappropriately, as a sculptural or architectural ornament.
  2. artificial, counterfeit, or false.
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noun
  1. an imitation or substitute.
  2. pretense; sham.
  3. a false hairpiece.
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Origin of postiche

1850–55; < French < Italian apposticcio < Vulgar Latin *appositīcius added to. See apposite, -itious
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  • We have made a great succs by means of postiche—there is no denying it.

    Piccadilly

    Laurence Oliphant


British Dictionary definitions for postiche

postiche

adjective
  1. (of architectural ornament) inappropriately applied; sham
  2. false or artificial; spurious
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noun
  1. another term for hairpiece (def. 2)
  2. an imitation, counterfeit, or substitute
  3. anything that is false; sham or pretence
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from Italian apposticcio (n), from Late Latin appositīcius (adj); see apposite
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