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pretending to be another person

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There we have two specimens of these Neapolitans--two of the silliest possible frauds, which half the population religiously and faithfully believed, and the other half either believed also or else said nothing about, and thus lent themselves to the support of the imposture.
Where imposture, ignorance, and brutal cupidity, are the stock in trade of a small body of men, and one is described by these characteristics, all his fellows will recognise something belonging to themselves, and each will have a misgiving that the portrait is his own.
We can only hope to protect ourselves against impostors interested in gaining a position among persons of our rank by becoming in some sort (unpleasant as it may be) familiar with the arts by which imposture too frequently succeeds.
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.
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.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
La prAaAaAeA@sence des sAaAaAeA@cessionnistes et de leurs protecteurs, en pert vitesse, ne devrait en aucun cas, reprAaAaAeA@senter le moindre tabou ni moindre entrave pour aller affronter leurs impostures lAaAaAeA oAaAaAeA ils tentera d'y verser leur sordide cyanure.
The impostures demanded by life in Iran's post-1979 Islamic Republic now form a discrete topic in themselves, one addressed by British-Iranian journalist Ramita Navai in her 2014 book, City of Lies.
The chapter extensively traces the case of Francisco de Mayoral, whose early 19th-century career of impostures included both petty forgeries and impersonation of a Cardinal, and whom Calvo terms "uno de los mayores impostores espanoles de todos los tiempos" (172).
Second, it must capture the aesthetic mechanisms of control by means of which crossings from one realm to the other may not come across as vulgar impostures.
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.
Paradoxically, the wars of religion within and without Christendom, between the later fifteenth and early seventeenth centuries, lent plausibility to impostures and otherwise help explain the credulity of contemporaries who took the bait.
He goes on to say, "after my death let them call me an impious apostate, a blasphemer and an atheist, but I have seen the errors and impostures of religion, and the pride and injustice of the rulers that govern so imperiously and tyrannically over the earth.