Part of speech: noun

A pretender; deceiver.

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Usage examples "impostor":

  1. Isabella certainly believed still in Columbus; Ferdinand, although he had never been enthusiastic, knew the Admiral too well to make the vulgar mistake of believing him an impostor; and both were too polite and considerate to add to his obvious mortification and distress by any discouraging comments. - "Christopher Columbus, Complete", Filson Young.
  2. The proposal, and the arch manner of making it, threw our impostor into the most visible confusion. - "Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)", Isaac Disraeli.
  3. San Giacinto may be an impostor; indeed, it is not at all unlikely. - "Sant' Ilario", F. Marion Crawford.