imposters

impost

1 [im-pohst]
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:
1560–70; < Medieval Latin impostus a tax, noun use of Latin impostus, variant of impositus imposed; see imposition

imposter, noun
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impostor

[im-pos-ter]
noun
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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impost1 (ˈɪmpəʊst)
 
n
1.  a tax, esp a customs duty
2.  horse racing the specific weight that a particular horse must carry in a handicap race
 
vb
3.  (US) (tr) to classify (imported goods) according to the duty payable on them
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin impostus tax, from Latin impositus imposed; see impose]
 
'imposter1
 
n

impost2 (ˈɪmpəʊst)
 
n
architect a member at the top of a wall, pier, or column that supports an arch, esp one that has a projecting moulding
 
[C17: from French imposte, from Latin impositus placed upon; see impose]

impostor or imposter (ɪmˈpɒstə)
 
n
a person who deceives others, esp by assuming a false identity; charlatan
 
[C16: from Late Latin: deceiver; see impose]
 
imposter or imposter
 
n
 
[C16: from Late Latin: deceiver; see impose]

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impostor
1586, from M.Fr. imposteur, from L.L. impostorem (nom. impostor), agent noun from impostus, collateral form of impositus, pp. of imponere "place upon, impose upon, deceive," from in- "in" + ponere "to put place" (see position). Imposture "act of willfully deceiving others" first recorded 1537.
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