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impostor

[im-pos-ter] /ɪmˈpɒs tər/
noun
1.
a person who practices deception under an assumed character, identity, or name.
Also, imposter.
Origin
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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British Dictionary definitions for impostors

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 impostors

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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