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

Origin of postiche

1850–55; < French < Italian apposticcio < Vulgar Latin *appositīcius added to. See apposite, -itious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for postiche

hairpiece, toupee, rug, periwig, peruke, postiche

Examples from the Web for postiche

Historical Examples of postiche

  • We have made a great succs by means of postiche—there is no denying it.


    Laurence Oliphant

British Dictionary definitions for postiche


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

Word Origin for postiche

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