noun Etymology: Late Latin impostura, from Latin impositus, impostus, past participle of imponere Date: 1537 1. the act or practice of deceiving by means of an assumed character or name 2. an instance of imposture Synonyms: imposture, fraud, sham, fake, humbug, counterfeit mean a thing made to seem other than it is. imposture applies to any situation in which a spurious object or performance is passed off as genuine <
their claim of environmental concern is an imposture
. fraud usually implies a deliberate perversion of the truth <
the diary was exposed as a fraud
. sham applies to fraudulent imitation of a real thing or action <
condemned the election as a sham
. fake implies an imitation of or substitution for the genuine but does not necessarily imply dishonesty <
these jewels are fakes; the real ones are in the vault
. humbug suggests elaborate pretense usually so flagrant as to be transparent <
creating publicity by foisting humbugs on a gullible public
. counterfeit applies especially to the close imitation of something valuable <
20-dollar bills that were counterfeits

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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