Synonyms of 'pretender'
1 claimantDictionary, claimer, aspirant
the Comte de Paris, pretender to the French throne
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A claimant is someone who asks to be given something which they think they are entitled to.
the rival claimant to the French throne
Someone who is an impostor is dishonestly pretending to be someone else in order to gain an advantage.
He was an impostor who masqueraded as a doctor.
Thesaurus for pretender from the Collins English Thesaurus
A pretender to a position is someone who claims the right to that position, and whose claim is disputed by others.