French from Old French from Late Latin impostūrafrom Latin impostusvariant ofimposituspast participle ofimpōnereto place uponimpose
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle French imposture, from Late Latin impostura, Latinimpostus
Imposture Sentence Examples
And so the Messianic imposture ended in the apostacy of Sabbatai.
For a contemporary account of Simnel's imposture, see Polydore Vergil, Anglicae historiae, to which all the later narratives are indebted.
The belief in the appearance of the mandi readily lent itself to imposture.
He carefully refrained from incurring suspicion and unpopularity by opposing the general outcry, and though he saw through the imposture from the beginning he made no attempt to moderate the popular frenzy or to save the life of any of the victims, his co-religionists, not even intervening in the case of Lord Stafford, and allowing Titus Oates to be lodged at Whitehall with a pension.
How far the more serious claim is likely to be revived in connexion with the renewal of research into the "occult" sciences generally, it is still too early to speculate; and it has to be recognized that such a point of view is opposed to the generally established belief that astrology is either mere superstition or absolute imposture, and that its former vogue was due either to deception or to the tyranny of an unscientific environment.