• WordNet 3.6
    • v impersonate pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions "She posed as the Czar's daughter"
    • v impersonate represent another person with comic intentions
    • v impersonate assume or act the character of "She impersonates Madonna","The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Impersonate To ascribe the qualities of a person to; to personify.
    • Impersonate To assume, or to represent, the person or character of; to personate; as, he impersonated Macbeth. "Benedict impersonated his age."
    • Impersonate To invest with personality; to endow with the form of a living being.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impersonate To invest with personality; ascribe the qualities of a person to; represent in bodily form; personify; embody.
    • impersonate To assume the person or character of; personate, especially on the stage: as, to impersonate Hamlet.
    • impersonate Personified; invested with personality.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Impersonate to invest with personality or the bodily substance of a person: to ascribe the qualities of a person to: to personify: to assume the person or character of, esp. on the stage
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  • Simone Weil
    “An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God.”
  • Marie Carmichael Stopes
    Marie Carmichael Stopes
    “An impersonal and scientific knowledge of the structure of our bodies is the surest safeguard against prurient curiosity and lascivious gloating.”
  • John Berger
    “The envied are like bureaucrats; the more impersonal they are, the greater the illusion (for themselves and for others) of their power.”
  • Katherine Mansfield
    “Would you not like to try all sorts of lives -- one is so very small -- but that is the satisfaction of writing -- one can impersonate so many people.”
  • Johnny Carson
    Johnny Carson
    “If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.”


In literature:

The men are not impersonal units in an army machine.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
I glanced at the occupied bench impersonally, and then coolly strolled on toward it as if there was no one there.
"The Fifth Wheel" by Olive Higgins Prouty
I didn't deceive myself that I could carry the impersonation through another meeting.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
He was specially famous for his impersonation of Richard III.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
An imperfect Impersonation is often proof positive of the highest state of poetical enthusiasm.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2" by John Wilson
As usual, her interest in love and marriage was purely impersonal.
"Grace Harlowe's Problem" by Jessie Graham Flower
It did this in as impersonal a way as the sun scatters shadows.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Clara had risen, and stood considering a moment with that same sweet, impersonal eye which Flora found it hardest to comprehend.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
It was an impersonal matter between her and the bonnet; and though she should wear it on a secular errand, the veil did not signify.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
Far too dry, too uninteresting, too impersonal.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
Bahrupia impersonating the goddess Kali 344 30.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
Is not he a Temple, then; the visible Manifestation and Impersonation of the Divinity?
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
That he must, in fact, maintain a strictly impartial and impersonal attitude and view-point.
"The Red Symbol" by John Ironside
Knowledge of impersonal agency is undermining the faith in super-human agency.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
She spoke impersonally, as though it were simply a curiosity she felt.
"East Angels" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
He hungered for impersonal interests and information.
"The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
He said it coolly, and almost impersonally.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
She was as calm and impersonal as if this were a usual occasion.
"Cinderella Jane" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
She mistook the impersonal attitude of her benefactress for credulous weakness.
"The Wave" by Algernon Blackwood
Even without the suggestion of teachers, little children express themselves in such actions, attitudes, and impersonations.
"Special Method in Primary Reading and Oral Work with Stories" by Charles Alexander McMurry

In poetry:

Sparkling chips of rock
are crushed down to the level of the parent block.
Were not 'impersonal judment in aesthetic
matters, a metaphysical impossibility,' you
"To a Steam Roller" by Marianne Moore
And I have watched the electric cities glow
With their impersonal and hiding light
Where women with the masklike faces walked
The worn and human-hunting ways of night.
"For 1939" by Paul Engle
Hence he must be all things to be free, for all impersonations
a doormat and a monument
to all situations possible or actual
The cuckold, the cuckoo, the conqueror, and the coxcomb.
"Apollo Musagete, Poetry, And The Leader Of The Muses" by Delmore Schwartz
An old actor at the Player’s Club told me that Edwin Booth
first impersonated Hamlet when a barnstormer in California.
There were few theatres, but the hotels were provided
with crude assembly rooms for strolling players.
"Edwin Booth" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

Political consultant accused of orchestrating robocall impersonating opponent's staff member .
A political consultant was charged today with impersonating an opponent's staff member during the June primary in a North Jersey legislative district.
Onondaga County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a report that a couple was robbed at gunpoint after being pulled over on the Onondaga Nation by someone impersonating a police officer.
Right side of Eagles' Swiss cheese OL does a great job of impersonating a turnstile.
Lincoln impersonator Michael Krebs visits Chicago O'Hare to greet passengers, pose for photos and answer questions.
The Tedious Accuracy of Jay Pharoah's Obama Impersonation.
Based on this weekend's season premiere of "Saturday Night Live," Jay Pharaoh as Obama is perhaps the most accurate presidential impersonation ever seen on the show.
Donald Walter McBroom pleaded guilty Wednesday in Midland to impersonation of a federal officer.
From Patsy Vidalia to Bianca del Rio, glamorous drag queens and female impersonators long have been a celebrated and frequent part of New Orleans nightlife.
Impersonating a public servant a crime.
Commissioner says impersonator sending cash to right-wingers in his name.
Right side of Eagles' Swiss cheese OL does a great job of impersonating a turnstile .
The Ulster Unionist Party, once the powerful voice of pro-British activism in Northern Ireland, has turned to Freddy Mercury impersonator Flash Harry to improve its political standing.
Don Johnson did his best Grizzly Adams impersonation Saturday in Montecito.
We'll take the wacky Serb who does killer impersonations of other players on tour and is perfectly pleased to play the villain .

In science:

As a dissertation is a rather impersonal and public document, I will simply leave a list of thanks for the support and encouragement of the following in the writing of this dissertation and the surviving of past 6 years of graduate school.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Even In that case an attacker could circumvent it, by impersonating as another user, so that he can establish calls and shift the costs on to ”normal” customers.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
When an attacker impersonates the accounts of normal users and then performs SPIT attacks with this normal accounts, he will access end points in the Honeypot system with normal accounts.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
But, such a naive solution is totally insecure, for example, an adversary A can easily impersonate the prover ˆB and predetermine J P OK(b,y) to be 1G , by setting Y = B−1 .
A New Family of Practical Non-Malleable Diffie-Hellman Protocols
A, A, ˆB , B , X0 , Y0 ), where ˆA is an uncorrupted player of public-key A = ga , m1 corresponds to m ˆA (that is an arbitrary message sent by the adversary F impersonating the signer ˆB to the honest player ˆA), and m0 corresponds to m ˆB (that is chosen by the honest player ˆA).
A New Family of Practical Non-Malleable Diffie-Hellman Protocols
But, such a naive solution is totally insecure, for example, an adversary A can easily impersonate the prover ˆB and pre-determine the value of J P OK(b,y) to be 1G , by simply setting Y = B−1 .
A New Family of Practical Non-Malleable Diffie-Hellman Protocols
We remind that oOAKE intrinsically suffers from the key compromise impersonation (KCI) vulnerability in case ˆB ’s static secret-key b is compromised, and lacks perfect forward secrecy (the same vulnerabilities hold also for one-round variant of HMQV).
A New Family of Practical Non-Malleable Diffie-Hellman Protocols
Also, the third and the fourth solutions have the following disadvantage that, in case the intermediate private value y + eb (computed by ˆB in a session) is leaked, this leaked value allows an adversary to impersonate ˆB in any other sessions (no matter what the values (X, A) are).
A New Family of Practical Non-Malleable Diffie-Hellman Protocols
One key point is: as we assume the computation device may not be trustful, once the value s is leaked to an attacker (who may compromise the computation device), then the attacker can definitely impersonate ˆB to ˆA in any sessions.
A New Family of Practical Non-Malleable Diffie-Hellman Protocols
There are two kinds of possible attacks by the opponent: the impersonation attack in which Eve sends a message in the hope that it will be accepted by the receiver Bob as a valid one; and the substitution attack in which he opponent observes a transmitted message and then replaces it with another message.
Quantum Communication Complexity of Quantum Authentication Protocols
After that, with a key of n bits and a message of m bits (if they exist), perform an execution of the protocol supposing that no impersonation nor substitution attacks occur.
Quantum Communication Complexity of Quantum Authentication Protocols
In their protocol, Alice acts as an identifi er, Bob as a verifier, and they share an angle θ that will be helpful in the prevention of impersonation.
Quantum Communication Complexity of Quantum Authentication Protocols
This has completely passed, because physics has taught me to consider writing that heat is something very impersonal'.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
Weinberg’s central idea, repeatedly pounded out like a mantra, concerns the discovery by physics of the existence of impersonal laws, the impersonal and eternal laws which guarantee the ob jective progress of science and which explain the unfathomable gulf between science and culture.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
In such deterministic systems the present state completely and uniquely determines the future, but as is well-known chaotic systems can “impersonate” randomness due to their extreme sensitivity to initial conditions; in a nutshell chaos is about order and disorder in deterministic systems that are nonlinear.
Reality or Locality? - Proposed test to decide \textit{how} Nature breaks Bell's inequality