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postiche

[paw-steesh, po-] /pɔˈstiʃ, pɒ-/
adjective
1.
superadded, especially inappropriately, as a sculptural or architectural ornament.
2.
artificial, counterfeit, or false.
noun
3.
an imitation or substitute.
4.
pretense; sham.
5.
a false hairpiece.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < French < Italian apposticcio < Vulgar Latin *appositīcius added to. See apposite, -itious
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British Dictionary definitions for postiche

postiche

/pɒˈstiːʃ/
adjective
1.
(of architectural ornament) inappropriately applied; sham
2.
false or artificial; spurious
noun
3.
another term for hairpiece (sense 2)
4.
an imitation, counterfeit, or substitute
5.
anything that is false; sham or pretence
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Italian apposticcio (n), from Late Latin appositīcius (adj); see apposite
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