imposture

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Synonyms for imposture

pretending to be another person

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This relates to a book published some years ago in Germany, and said to be by Herschel, which contained a description of the moon and its inhabitants, written with such a semblance of truth that many were deceived by the imposture.
To these encroachments, time and ignorance, the two great supporters of imposture, gave authority; and thus many rules for good writing have been established, which have not the least foundation in truth or nature; and which commonly serve for no other purpose than to curb and restrain genius, in the same manner as it would have restrained the dancing-master, had the many excellent treatises on that art laid it down as an essential rule that every man must dance in chains.
We ARE NOT the first men--and have nevertheless to STAND FOR them: of this imposture have we at last become weary and disgusted.
We two, in the estimation of others, are at once the dupes and the agents of a daring imposture.
Joseph Smith, the apostle of Mormonism, or to his benighted disciples; I have beheld religious scenes myself in some of our populous towns which can hardly be surpassed by an American camp- meeting; and I am not aware that any instance of superstitious imposture on the one hand, and superstitious credulity on the other, has had its origin in the United States, which we cannot more than parallel by the precedents of Mrs.
False priests, false prophets, false doctors, false patriots, false prodigies of every kind, veiling their proceedings in mystery, have always addressed themselves at an immense advantage to the popular credulity, and have been, perhaps, more indebted to that resource in gaining and keeping for a time the upper hand of Truth and Common Sense, than to any half-dozen items in the whole catalogue of imposture.
This movement is especially striking in a brilliant chapter in which Woods reconsiders the relationship between King Lear and Samuel Harsnett's Declaration of Egregious Popish Impostures.
Apres, le reste est un voyage chaotique dans le continent cinema avec ses joies, ses tensions, ses revelations, ses impostures et l'impression d'etre une personnage de Joseph Campbell en vadrouille dans des decors en contre-plaque-
oppressive impostures of masculinity that had hitherto been reinforced
He satirizes the self-serving motives attached to charitable donations: despite reformers' attempts to ferret out impostures, Lamb suggests that this hypocrisy towards the poor remains constant in both voluntary and aristocratic charity.
Levy suggests that marriage in fact might be "the institution, the one on which all others are founded" and--like modern art itself--a site of risky "enterprise" even as it is also a dangerous snare, a web (per Moore, appropriating Sir Francis Bacon) of "circular traditions and impostures.
En fustigeant ces << prescheurs empoisonnez de l'or d'Espagne >>, Matthieu, comme bien des royalistes, minimisait la responsabilite du petit peuple qui avait ete << persuade par les impostures de certains Ligueurs >> a prendre fait et cause contre le pouvoir legitime (105).
As Finigan himself said of a visit in August 1837: "Among the persons whom I met in the caravanserais of John Street were beggars, showmen, music grinders, pedlars and impostures of different grades and different nations, lodging in wretched harmony, filthy vileness and disgusting dirt to the number of from 15 to 20 or more in one house.
The operation cross-checks computerized government death records with State Department&nbsp;passport records, revealing impostures.
In 1997, he and Belgian physicist Jean Bricmont published Impostures intellectuelles (Paris, Odile Jacob), which included a lot of material that Sokal had not been able to incorporate in his essay.