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impostor or imposter (ɪmˈpɒstə Pronunciation for )

Definitions

noun

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

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin: deceiver; see impose

Synonyms

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

Example Sentences Including 'impostor'

On the way the impostor went missing herself, perhaps returned to her own identity.
Curzon, Clare The Quest for K
This one could be an impostor , maybe hired by Algie, to wipe out any opposition to the match.
Babson, Marian Weekend for Murder
In fact, on closer inspection he still looked like an impostor.
Richard Francis PROSPECT HILL (2003)

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