Definition of imposture in English:

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imposture

Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɒstʃə/

noun

An instance of pretending to be someone else in order to deceive others: I discovered the imposture as soon as her doppelgänger arrived [mass noun]: in a day and a night of violence and imposture William Bentley also succeeds in capturing a smuggler
More example sentences
  • In my previous impostures in the English department, I had picked up some of the rudiments of Romanticism, but one idea that intrigued me was Edmund Burke's theory of the sublime.
  • Yet even after he had sold his story to Life magazine, and exposed his strategies, he was unable to resist further impostures.
  • When threatened with ‘a very painful experiment’ to uncover any secret, she confessed her imposture on December 7 and was charged as a ‘notorious and vile cheat’.
Synonyms
hoax, trick, ruse, dodge, blind, wile;
informal con, con trick, scam, sting, flimflam, kidology
British informal wheeze
Irish informal codology

Origin

Mid 16th century: via French from late Latin impostura, from Latin imposit- 'imposed upon', from the verb imponere (see impose).

Words that rhyme with imposture

posture

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