from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who assumes the character of another; one who plays a part.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who personates.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who personates.


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  • It is pleasant to remember that nobody had charged him with fraudulent purposes or looked down on him as a charlatan; but apart from that he was supposed to be all sorts of things: a clever screen, a mere device, a "personator," a familiar spirit, a whispering "dæmon."

    Notes on My Books

  • I'd also like to see an Obama personator say things like "my bowling looks like Special Olympics" and "the police acted stupidly" and after each quip, a Biden impersonator says "This is a big F ... ing deal". jay

    Fey likely to revive Palin impersonation

  • I will not dispute your intuition theory, since your last words assure me that I do not fall so far short of your imaginary 'C,' as did my personator.

    Wired Love A Romance of Dots and Dashes

  • How completely is it here fulfilled! for when we discover that the personator of Henrico is meant for an Adonis, we _are_ astonished.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, October 30, 1841

  • Anything to arouse this personator of our human mutability, this vacillator between doing and letting alone!

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 72, October, 1863

  • The personator of this god in the ceremonies assumes the additional character of a clown and as such creates much merriment in the dances in which he appears.

    The North American Indian

  • Then came a personator of Columbus, on horseback, surrounded by woodsmen with axes, —the axe being pre-eminently the tool and weapon of the American pioneer.

    XI. The Federalist City. 1783-1800.

  • The personator of this youth was a man an inch and a half or two inches taller, and weighing five-and-twenty stone.

    The Reminiscences Of Sir Henry Hawkins

  • The probabilities were all against the personator being Godfrey Bellingham.

    The Eye of Osiris

  • The strange disappearance ceases to be strange, for a personator would necessarily make off before Mr. Hurst should arrive and discover the imposture.

    The Eye of Osiris


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