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

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

Syn: Cheat; fraud; trick; imposition; delusion. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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