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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR IMPOSTOR

The old farmer had believed the solemn words of the impostor.

In dropping me without a word, as if I had been an impostor?

An impostor, a personator, a cheat, and I gave him place and rank.

At that moment he was less like himself than was the impostor who came there to personate him.

I have been left in this room insensible, and the impostor who resembles me—where is he now?

And what solace would it be then that the same suit would be worn by the impostor also?

At last he could denounce the impostor in proper terms, and denounce him he did.

I want you to denounce this fellow for the impostor that he is.

I dared not approach in the face of a friend of yours whom I had treated as an impostor.'

I wore a wooden placard on my breast, inscribed, "Potts the Impostor."

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, from Middle French imposteur (16c.), from Late Latin impostor, agent noun from impostus, collateral form of impositus, past participle of imponere "place upon, impose upon, deceive," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + ponere "to put place" (see position).

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