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Meaning of IMPOSTURE

Pronunciation:  im'pâschur

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  pretending to be another person

IMPOSTURE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: impersonation
 See Also: deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Im*pos"ture\, n. [L. impostura: cf. F. imposture. See
The act or conduct of an impostor; deception practiced under
a false or assumed character; fraud or imposition; cheating.

      From new legends And fill the world with follies and
      impostures.                              --Johnson.

Syn: Cheat; fraud; trick; imposition; delusion.

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