- a person who practices deception under an assumed character, identity, or name.
Origin of impostor
Examples from the Web for impostor
Friends trying to contact me reported corresponding with an impostor named Krystal.Where Cellphone Numbers Go to Die
August 16, 2014
Celebrities, corporations, and politicians have impostor Twitter accounts pop up all the time.
Finally, my impostor account was gone, deleted by Twitter with no fanfare.
By the time I discovered I had an impostor, “monkey boy” had been actively tweeting for weeks.
It seems that as consumers we demand the real thing, not some impostor.Are Narcocorrido Mexican Drug Ballads Really That Bad?
November 24, 2013
The old farmer had believed the solemn words of the impostor.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
In dropping me without a word, as if I had been an impostor?Wilfrid Cumbermede
An impostor, a personator, a cheat, and I gave him place and rank.The Scapegoat
At that moment he was less like himself than was the impostor who came there to personate him.
I have been left in this room insensible, and the impostor who resembles me—where is he now?
- a person who deceives others, esp by assuming a false identity; charlatan
Word Origin and History for impostor
1580s, from Middle French imposteur (16c.), from Late Latin impostor, agent noun from impostus, collateral form of impositus, past participle of imponere "place upon, impose upon, deceive," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + ponere "to put place" (see position).