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.
tricky, ambiguous, underhanded, deceitful, sneaky, slick, fraudulent, misleading, subtle, unreliable, disingenuous, false, mock, fake, professed, counterfeit, cheating, assumed, avowed, masked
- impost block,
- impostor syndrome,
Origin of imposture
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the act or an instance of deceiving others, esp by assuming a false identity
Word Origin for imposture
C16: from French, from Late Latin impostūra, from Latin impōnere; see impose
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"act of willfully deceiving others," 1530s, from Middle French imposture, from Late Latin impostura, from impostus (see impost).
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