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. noun
    pretending to be another person
    synonyms: imposture
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    type of:
    deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation
    the act of deceiving
  2. noun
    imitating the mannerisms of another person
    synonyms: personation
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    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
  3. noun
    a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
    synonyms: caricature, imitation
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    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
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