postiche

[ paw-steesh, po- ]
/ pɔˈstiʃ, pɒ- /

adjective

superadded, especially inappropriately, as a sculptural or architectural ornament.
artificial, counterfeit, or false.

noun

an imitation or substitute.
pretense; sham.
a false hairpiece.

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Origin of postiche

1850–55; < French < Italian apposticcio < Vulgar Latin *appositīcius added to. See apposite, -itious
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Examples from the Web for postiche

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

    Piccadilly|Laurence Oliphant

British Dictionary definitions for postiche

postiche

/ (pɒˈstiːʃ) /

adjective

(of architectural ornament) inappropriately applied; sham
false or artificial; spurious

noun

another term for hairpiece (def. 2)
an imitation, counterfeit, or substitute
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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