the act of pretending to be someone else, with intent to mislead or deceive: The argument for requiring voter IDs is that states must guard against impersonation and other flagrant voter fraud.
the act of mimicking the voice, mannerisms, etc., of another person, usually someone well-known and especially in order to entertain: As a youth worker he found he could make teenagers laugh by doing impersonations of movie stars.
the act of playing the part of a character in a play: In the one-woman play, her impersonations of minor characters don't ring with authenticity, and her body movements are a bit severe.
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How to use impersonation in a sentence
It is not just lip-syncing, though, which implies a very basic act of impersonation or mimicry.‘Dana H.’ Was Kidnapped by a Psychopath. Now Her Ordeal Is a Broadway Play. | Tim Teeman | October 18, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Using artificial intelligence, which enables more sophisticated impersonation with fake faces created from several different people’s features that can fool biometric verification systems.
The lures were highly tailored and targeted, designed to impersonate executives within and outside Arweave.Are Chinese spies trying to hack this anticensorship startup? Its execs believe so | rhhackettfortune | November 5, 2020 | Fortune
A 2014 investigation published in the Washington Post found 31 cases of credible voter impersonation between 2000 and 2014, out of more than 1 billion votes cast.A man caught committing ballot fraud in Florida proves mail voting is secure | Daniel Bentley | October 2, 2020 | Fortune
A recent case of voter impersonation in Florida highlights how secure the system is.A man caught committing ballot fraud in Florida proves mail voting is secure | Daniel Bentley | October 2, 2020 | Fortune
If the President seems to be doing his best Clinton impersonation, he must be evil.‘Persecuted’ Is the Christian Right’s Paranoid Wet Dream | Candida Moss | July 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As they spoke, I could almost swear Hank was slipping into a John Wayne impersonation.‘To’hajiilee’ Is the Finest Episode of ‘Breaking Bad’ Yet | Andrew Romano | September 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the last nine months has done his best Colin Powell impersonation.Up to Speed: Washington’s Prewar Politicking on Syria | Eli Lake | September 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Michael Jackson Bar Mitzvah Shawn Goldberg did his best Michael Jackson impersonation at his 1984 bar mitzvah.The Six Most Fabulous, Most Epic Bar Mitzvah Dances Ever (VIDEO) | Kevin Fallon | August 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
There are probably a lot of people who could do a spot-on Jeff Buckley impersonation and could get the hair going.‘Greetings From Tim Buckley’: Penn Badgley on Playing Late Musician Jeff Buckley | Richard Porton | April 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
impersonation may be more easily achieved intellectually, requiring only keen observation and the power of imitation.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
impersonation absolutely requires the finest detail of mannerism to be represented in the action.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
But one funny thing about that impersonation which I did not realize until tonight.
When he thinks he has given an extraordinarily clever impersonation he shakes with laughter.The Diary of Philip Westerly | Paul Compton
In the rocky gorges of the ocean we may often trace a strange permanent impersonation of shipwreck.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo