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  • n. Someone who attempts to deceive by using an assumed name or identity or other devious disguise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See impostor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who makes deceitful pretenses


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  • Atlanta psychologist Pauline Clance, along with colleague Suzanne Imes, coined the term "imposter syndrome" in 1978, after an interviewee in their research study said she "felt like an imposter, here with all these really bright people."

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  • People wear themselves and their pocketbooks out trying to prove an obvious imposter is a POW.

    John Hartley Robertson

  • This imposter was the Arizona State Captain for the PGR. .... feel he is a disgrace and an embarrassment to the Patriot Guard Riders and has no business attending the funerals of the heroes returning from Iraq, let alone leading Veterans and Civilians under a batch of lies.

    Heroes or Villains?

  • If so, according to Ms. Young, chances are that you suffer from a malady known as the "imposter syndrome."

    Having It All, Including Doubt

  • Most of all, she advises women to overcome the so-called imposter syndrome, that phenomenon of self-doubt.

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  • A Hong Kong official told the AP that the imposter is a mainland Chinese citizen who was transiting through Hong Kong. rss feed

  • The imposter was a white, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 20 years old. - Local News

  • His grim-faced mug shot appeared in newspapers across the country next to words like "imposter,"

    Media Coverage JULY 2009

  • If the arrested woman is an "imposter," where is the real Suaad Hagi Mohamud, the Toronto mother of a 12-year-old boy waiting for her to come home?

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • But if you believe that, you have to believe that, after the "imposter" was denied boarding, everyone conveniently turned their backs long enough to allow Mohamud to slip back in unnoticed.

    Yes, they really ARE as gullible as you've heard.


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