imposture


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pretending to be another person

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In this city of Naples, they believe in and support one of the wretchedest of all the religious impostures one can find in Italy--the miraculous liquefaction of the blood of St.
He confessed with the utmost frankness and ingenuity that the priests and religious have given dreadful accounts both of us and of the religion we preached; that the unhappy people were taught by them that the curse of God attended us wheresoever we went; that we were always followed by the grasshoppers, that pest of Abyssinia, which carried famine and destruction over all the country; that he, seeing no grasshoppers following us when we passed by their village, began to doubt of the reality of what the priests had so confidently asserted, and was now convinced that the representation they made of us was calumny and imposture.
For the most part their enthusiasm is adopted to suit the time and opportunity-- to practise imposture upon the British and Austrian millionaires.
But I am strongly inclined to believe not only the corpse was refused Christian burial, but that the heart which was brought to Vancouver some time after the event, and which the Hawiians stoutly maintained was that of Captain Cook, was no such thing; and that the whole affair was a piece of imposture which was sought to be palmed off upon the credulous Englishman.
The third and last (which is the great one) is, that almost all of them, being infinite in number, have been impostures, and by idle and crafty brains merely contrived and feigned, after the event past.
And, in fine, of false sciences I thought I knew the worth sufficiently to escape being deceived by the professions of an alchemist, the predictions of an astrologer, the impostures of a magician, or by the artifices and boasting of any of those who profess to know things of which they are ignorant.
It is true he was guilty of some slight impostures, but unless he was a great Wizard how -- let me ask -- could he have hidden this girl Ozma so securely that no one can find her?
Manifestement la direction du parti, ou plutot ce qui se presente comme tel (nous rappelons qu'il n'y a toujours pas de date pour le Congres electif), hesite a mettre fin a la plus grande imposture et au plus grand hold-up politiques de l'apres-revolution.
Son livre degage une petite musique, mais evite surtout le piege du melodrame meme si elle cede un tantinet en s'attardant sur l'amour que decouvre sa mere aupres de son prince Ghanou qui se revelera une imposture.
Imposture is difficult to categorize "por la variada casuistica de sus motivaciones (honor, dinero, camuflaje, identidad sexual, el placer de enganar al projimo, etc.
HYDERABAD -- A man who pretended to be a journalist and tried to elicit information from the court room of an Additional District and Session Judge was arrested over charges of imposture.
One can also feel sorry for those who suffer from extreme poverty despite the fact that a better life is perfectly possible, as well as for those who are so desperate that they cannot prevent their poverty and deprivation from being used as a veil for the imposture of arrogant fools who are dazed by their wealth.
This cheat may seem trifling or perhaps even appropriate to a work whose cardinal themes include imposture and piracy (every third person seems to be a fraud, thief, or bootlegger) and that renders much elusive or unreliable: The sparing santir music cannot be identified as diegetic or non-; the blood splattered on the backseat by a wounded passenger unaccountably disappears; some fares' claims about their lives prove dishonest or fanciful.
He was also completely intolerant of imposture in science; he listed the characteristics of bad science in one of his letters to his wife Gweneth (7).
In these two cases, the imposture of outrageous representations that attempt to wear the more respectable clothes of plausibility but vulgarly fail the test of authenticity is what triggers our aesthetic reaction of disgust.