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imposture (noun) act of claiming to be somebody else.
somebody else to deceive people. Claiming or pretending to be someone other than oneself to deceive others is imposture. There have been cases of imposture in medical history when laymen pretended to be doctors and practiced medicine for a number of years before the truth was known.
- Harry gained entry into the naval headquarters just by imposture. Wearing the uniform of a lieutenant, he produced false identification papers and he was allowed in.
- For his imposture as a doctor he was sentenced to ten years in jail. By the time, however, it was too late, as the patients he had treated had either died, or were seriously ill.