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impostor or imposter (ɪmˈpɒstə Pronunciation for )



  1. a person who deceives others, esp by assuming a false identity; charlatan

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin: deceiver; see impose


View thesaurus entry
= fraud, cheat, fake, impersonator, rogue, deceiver, sham, pretender, hypocrite, charlatan, quack, trickster, knave, phoney or phony

Example Sentences Including 'impostor'

"Acting is all about being an impostor ," DiCaprio, 28, told reporters yesterday in Berlin, where the movie opens this week.
Toronto Sun (2003)
Amid the fists, smiles, and tears of exultation, the camera focuses on eyes confronting the other impostor.
Independent (1999)
Flashing his ID card and exchanging pleasantries, the impostor signed a name and took the parcel.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
He is a cunning impostor who is being manipulated by political adventurers.
Deborah Cadbury THE LOST KING OF FRANCE: Revolution, Revenge and the Search for Louis XVII (2002)
If she had chosen an impostor , he would have received the $100,000.
canada.com (2005)
In fact, on closer inspection he still looked like an impostor.
Richard Francis PROSPECT HILL (2003)
On the way the impostor went missing herself, perhaps returned to her own identity.
Curzon, Clare The Quest for K
They added: "Basically they have sent a series of messages saying he's just an impostor and they are still the top group.
NME (New Musical Express) (2003)
This one could be an impostor , maybe hired by Algie, to wipe out any opposition to the match.
Babson, Marian Weekend for Murder


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