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impost1

[im-pohst] /ˈɪm poʊst/
noun
1.
a tax; tribute; duty.
2.
a customs duty.
3.
Horse Racing. the weight assigned to a horse in a race.
verb (used with object)
4.
to determine customs duties on, according to the kind of imports.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Medieval Latin impostus a tax, noun use of Latin impostus, variant of impositus imposed; see imposition
Related forms
imposter, noun

impostor

[im-pos-ter] /ɪmˈpɒs tər/
noun
1.
a person who practices deception under an assumed character, identity, or name.
Also, imposter.
Origin
1580-90; < Late Latin, equivalent to Latin impos(i)-, variant stem of impōnere to deceive, place on (see impone) + -tor -tor
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Examples from the web for imposter
  • He then saves the queen's imposter from the dungeon.
  • One of the funniest moments in the production is achieved in her initial encounter with that imposter.
  • And all of the times genuine posters are complaining that everything posted by the imposter is inaccurate.
  • At any one of those moments you could have been replaced by an imposter.
  • But maybe, a new study suggests, it's sometimes to the host's benefit to let imposter eggs stay in their nests.
  • Nobody has seen him in the last decade so nobody knows if it's really him or an imposter.
  • Once allowed access by the homeowner, the imposter sought cash for payment of a past due bill or for performing a service.
  • For example, your imposter may give your name when being arrested.
  • Please see information on imposter and fraud concerns.
  • Be aware that these measures may not entirely stop new fraudulent accounts from being opened by the imposter.
British Dictionary definitions for imposter

impostor

/ɪmˈpɒstə/
noun
1.
a person who deceives others, esp by assuming a false identity; charlatan
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin: deceiver; see impose

impost1

/ˈɪmpəʊst/
noun
1.
a tax, esp a customs duty
2.
(horse racing) the specific weight that a particular horse must carry in a handicap race
verb
3.
(transitive) (US) to classify (imported goods) according to the duty payable on them
Derived Forms
imposter, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin impostus tax, from Latin impositus imposed; see impose

impost2

/ˈɪmpəʊst/
noun
1.
(architect) a member at the top of a wall, pier, or column that supports an arch, esp one that has a projecting moulding
Word Origin
C17: from French imposte, from Latin impositus placed upon; see impose
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Word Origin and History for imposter

impostor

n.

1580s, from Middle French imposteur (16c.), from Late Latin impostor, agent noun from impostus, collateral form of impositus, past participle of imponere "place upon, impose upon, deceive," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + ponere "to put place" (see position).

impost

n.

"tax, duty," 1560s, from Middle French impost, from Medieval Latin impostum, from neuter of Latin impostus, contracted from impositus, past participle of imponere (see impostor).

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