imposture (plural impostures)

  1. The act or conduct of an impostor; deception practiced under a false or assumed character; fraud or imposition
    • 1820, Charles Maturin, Melmoth the Wanderer, volume 1, page 292-293:
      There is something very horrible in the laugh of a dying man: Hovering on the verge of both worlds, he seems to give the lie to both, and proclaim the enjoyments of one, and the hopes of another, alike an imposture.
    Synonyms: cheating
  • Russian: надувательство
  • Spanish: impostura

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