• WordNet 3.6
    • n impostor a person who makes deceitful pretenses
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n impostor One who imposes on others; a person who practises deception, usually under a false guise or an assumed character.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Impostor im-pos′tur one who practises imposition or fraud
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  • Pablo Picasso
    “The people who make art their business are mostly impostors.”


In literature:

He was an impostor who had pretended to be the son of the great Nebuchadrezzar.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Such a crew of devout impostors is at once comic and piteous.
"Robert Browning" by Edward Dowden
Look here, I'll be a regular impostor, don't you know, and all of you come on and say what a liar I am.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100., January 3, 1891." by Various
Simon stirs up the people against Peter by representing him as an impostor.
"Simon Magus" by George Robert Stow Mead
The mortal who makes his weapons very sharp by night, may that impostor not rule over us.
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
But after a while, as time passed by, things went not so gaily with the impostor on the throne of Allthetime.
"The Uncrowned King" by Harold Bell Wright
Macpherson, I thought you an impostor, and think so still.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)" by Frederic G. Kenyon
He went further again, and realised the humanity of a mean impostor like Sludge.
"Robert Browning" by G. K. Chesterton
An impostor would yield to your demands; he would win your confidence that he might steal your money.
"The Colossus" by Opie Read
He confronted the only person in Jerusalem who might know him as an impostor.
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller

In poetry:

You, having read the Holy Writ —
The Book the angels foster —
Say have you helped us on a bit,
You overfed impostor?
"A Hyde Park Larrikin" by Henry Kendall
I, being, as I’ve said, a bard,
Resolved at once to foster
This mite whose length was just a yard—
This portable impostor!
"Peter the Piccaninny" by Henry Kendall
Ma. Avant you hagge, abhominable sorceresse,
Here I doe thee on paine of death enjoyne,
With that Impostor thy companion,
Immediately to depart out of my Dominions.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act V" by Ralph Knevet
And to release Jesus Pilate did really intend,
But the Jews cried angrily, Pilate, thou art not Caesar's friend,
Remember, if thou let this vile impostor go,
It only goes to prove thou art Caesar's foe.
"The Crucifixion of Christ" by William Topaz McGonagall
Daring impostor! sure that God
Whose advocate thou feign'st to be,
Will smite thee with that awful rod
Which thou wouldst seize—and pour on thee
The vial of that wrath, which thou
Wouldst empty on thy brother's brow.
"Persecution" by John Bowring

In news:

Impostor scams Louisiana officials.
When the Impostor Tries To Do the Job in Earnest.
Despite cultural clashes and comic missteps at the country club, impostor and entire dysfunctional family of white folks wind up friends.
"I feel like an impostor," the author and teacher Bel Kaufman confesses in this talk given at the Overseas Press Club in 1966, where the topics include her accent, poetry, and the classroom.
Most surprisingly, their observations show that the Great Eruption is different from "supernova impostors," events in nearby galaxies that are thought to be eruptions from LBVs.
For example, the Great Eruption was significantly cooler than allowed by simple stellar-wind models used to explain supernova impostors.
Don't be fooled by impostors.
A soundbar is nothing but a fake, an impostor.
Miami Beach, where he was charged in January with impersonating a police officer while released on bail in the medical- impostor case.
As for the impostor , he explained his appearance, demeanor and accent.
Rosen says that the Cheetah story looks like a "business-boosting impostor as well".
For example, we've recently improved our process for reporting an account as an impostor to encourage people who are violating our policies to stop themselves.
The Stinger comes face to face with an impostor wearing his old paint .
New Jerseyans Warned Of Attorney General Impostor.
While the real Santa is a jolly old elf, some of his impostors who begin to pop up all around the non-frozen parts of the planet come Christmas time are a tad rough around the edges.

In science:

The proof must be delicate enough to reject these impostors.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
The observational evidence that most strongly supports this picture is the striking similarities of the optical spectra and light evolution of AGN and cSNRs, like SN 1987F or SN 1988Z, the so-called ’Seyfert 1 impostors’ (Filippenko 1989).
AGN variability: from Seyfert nuclei to QSOs
Impostor Bulges It has become clear in the past decade that the bulges of disk galaxies comprise a mix of structures, with subclassifications into clas sical and ‘pseudo’ bulges, bars and ‘peanuts’.
Island Universes
The impostors in question - most of whom are French - are Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray, Bruno Latour, Jean Baudrillard, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari and Paul Virilio.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
Depending on the service, the impostor could order things to make the legitimate user pay money, transfer money from the user’s bank account, or get insight into personal information, such as the user’s electronic health record.
The Identity Crisis. Security, Privacy and Usability Issues in Identity Management