impersonation

Impersonation is when someone pretends to be another person. If you pretend to be your twin brother all day at school, that's impersonation.

There are a few different forms of impersonation — some of them are harmless, like comedians who use impersonation to mimic the voices and mannerisms of famous people, or actors who play historical figures in movies. Other kinds of impersonation are harmful, including when a thief takes someone's identity (including Social Security number and bank information) in order to steal their money. Impersonation has the Latin roots in-, "into," and persona, "person."

Definitions of impersonation
1

n pretending to be another person

Synonyms:
imposture
Type of:
deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation
the act of deceiving

n imitating the mannerisms of another person

Synonyms:
personation
Types:
apery, mimicry
the act of mimicking; imitative behavior
mockery, parody, takeoff
humorous or satirical mimicry
Type of:
acting, performing, playacting, playing
the performance of a part or role in a drama

n a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect

Synonyms:
caricature, imitation
Types:
mock-heroic
a satirical imitation of heroic verse
burlesque, charade, lampoon, mockery, parody, pasquinade, put-on, sendup, spoof, takeoff, travesty
a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
Type of:
humor, humour, wit, witticism, wittiness
a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.