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impostor

or imposter

[im-pos-ter] /ɪmˈpɒs tər/
noun
1.
a person who practices deception under an assumed character, identity, or name.
Origin of impostor
1580-1590
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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  • Must I thus renounce myself, and see my name stolen by an impostor.

    Amphitryon Moliere
  • The old farmer had believed the solemn words of the impostor.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • That he was, to some extent, an impostor, can hardly be doubted.

  • In dropping me without a word, as if I had been an impostor?

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Schiaparelli has been called an impostor, and Lowell has come in for his full share of vituperation and innuendo.

    Mars and its Mystery Edward Sylvester Morse
British Dictionary definitions for impostor

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 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).

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