imposture

[ im-pos-cher ]
/ ɪmˈpɒs tʃər /

noun

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.

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Origin of imposture

1530–40; < Late Latin impostūra, equivalent to Latin impost(us) past participle of impōnere (see impostor, impone) + -ūra -ure

OTHER WORDS FROM imposture

im·pos·trous [im-pos-truhs] /ɪmˈpɒs trəs/, im·pos·tur·ous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for imposturous

imposture
/ (ɪmˈpɒstʃə) /

noun

the act or an instance of deceiving others, esp by assuming a false identity

Derived forms of imposture

impostrous (ɪmˈpɒstrəs), impostorous (ɪmˈpɒstərəs) or imposturous, adjective

Word Origin for imposture

C16: from French, from Late Latin impostūra, from Latin impōnere; see impose
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