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imposture

[im-pos-cher] /ɪmˈpɒs tʃər/
noun
1.
the action or practice of imposing fraudulently upon others.
2.
deception using an assumed character, identity, or name, as by an impostor.
3.
an instance or piece of fraudulent imposition.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Late Latin impostūra, equivalent to Latin impost(us) past participle of impōnere (see impostor, impone) + -ūra -ure
Related forms
impostrous
[im-pos-truh s] /ɪmˈpɒs trəs/ (Show IPA),
imposturous, adjective
Synonyms
3. fraud, hoax, swindle, deception, humbug, cheat.
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  • Alex's boyhood idol, a cosmonaut who now occupies a reduced station in life, becomes part of the imposture.
  • But the policeman immediately puts on a carnival mask: even the law is an imposture.
British Dictionary definitions for imposture

imposture

/ɪmˈpɒstʃə/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of deceiving others, esp by assuming a false identity
Derived Forms
impostrous (ɪmˈpɒstrəs), impostorous (ɪmˈpɒstərəs), imposturous, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Late Latin impostūra, from Latin impōnere; see impose
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Word Origin and History for imposture
n.

"act of willfully deceiving others," 1530s, from Middle French imposture, from Late Latin impostura, from impostus (see impost).

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