Impostor definition

ĭm-pŏstər
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Someone who attempts to deceive by using an assumed name or identity.
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A person who pretends to be someone or something that he or she is not, as to deceive or cheat others.
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One who engages in deception under an assumed name or identity.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
impostor
Plural:
impostors

Origin of impostor

  • French imposteur from Latin impostor one who assigns a name from impostus variant of impositus past participle of impōnere to place upon impose

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French imposteur

    From Wiktionary