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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 of impost1
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

or imposter

[im-pos-ter] /ɪmˈpɒs tər/
noun
1.
a person who practices deception under an assumed character, identity, or name.
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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  • "Mme. de Bargeton showed Lucien the door as if he had been an imposter," said Lousteau.

  • He has even added: If he had been, he would have been an imposter.

    Browning and Dogma Ethel M. Naish
  • If he were not king he was a sham, an imposter, a thing to be destroyed.

    The Terror Arthur Machen
  • Had the imposter, now slain by the wild boar, taken it from him?

    Quest of the Golden Ape Ivar Jorgensen
  • This Mejnour is an imposter more dangerous, because more in earnest, than Zanoni.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • She thinks,' he explained naively, as if to himself, 'she thinks I am an imposter.

    The Return Walter de la Mare
British Dictionary definitions for imposter

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

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
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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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