postiche

postiche

[paw-steesh, po-]
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:
1850–55; < French < Italian apposticcio < Vulgar Latin *appositīcius added to. See apposite, -itious

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

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