A person who pretends to be someone else in order to deceive others, especially for fraudulent gain: the charity has warned anyone approached by the impostor to contact police immediately
More example sentences
- The budding scientists of today will need to prepare themselves to do battle with silliness, impostors, tricksters and fraudsters.
- Everyone thought I knew what I was doing, but I felt like a fraud, an impostor, the Great Pretender!
- It is, then, not only the impostor's willingness to deceive on which their success depends, but the fact that we are on the whole astonishingly trusting and generally do not expect to be lied to.
impersonator, masquerader, pretender, deceiver, hoaxer; fake, fraud, sham, humbug; charlatan, quack, mountebank; trickster, fraudster, swindler, hoodwinker, bluffer, deluder, duper, cheat, cheater, defrauder, exploiter, rogue, wolf in sheep's clothing
dated confidence man/woman