imposture imposture


  • (n) pretending to be another person


  1. They marshal their pornography under a variety of shams: some affecting the disguise of wit, some the imposture of art.
  2. To solve the inconvenient end of the imposture, the statesman arranges to have the showman shanghaied to the Arctic Circle on election night, is so exported himself.
  3. He has a Conscience that must burble out in a confession of his imposture to the first passing peasant.


  • The Strange Case of Paul de Man

    Peter Brooks The Double Life of Paul de Man by Evelyn Barish In The Talented Mr. Ripley , Patricia Highsmith created high drama from imposture: the almost unbearable tension of suspense that comes with living a double life. That novel seems to have inspired Evelyn Barish’s notion of how to write the biography of Paul de Man. “With every passing year,” she tells us of de Man in the 1950s, “he ...
    on March 10, 2014     Source: New York Review of Books


  1. As William Hazlitt wrote, "It is an attempt to tear off the mask of imposture from the world; and nothing but imposture has a right to complain of it."
    on Apr 18, 2008 By: William Hazlitt Source: Globe and Mail

  2. In "The Wealth of Nations" in 1776, the groundbreaking economist Adam Smith argued that competition in spirituality was as healthy as in business, moderating the "mixture of absurdity, imposture, or fanaticism" in many sects to create "that...
    on Feb 9, 2007 By: Adam Smith Source: Boston Globe (registration)

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