pseudo

Pseudo is something or someone fake trying to pass as the real thing — a fraud or impostor.

Pseudo can be a person who is a faker, but it's usually a prefix. For example, a pseudo-intellectual is trying to convince you he has a great, educated mind, even though he doesn't. A pseudo-celebrity isn't really very famous. You can buy pseudo-Chanel bags from shifty sidewalk vendors: another name for them might be rip-offs. They look like the real thing but aren't, though they don't cost as much either. Anything pseudo isn't real or genuine.

Definitions of pseudo
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adj (often used in combination) not genuine but having the appearance of

“a pseudo esthete”
Synonyms:
counterfeit, imitative
not genuine; imitating something superior

n a person who makes deceitful pretenses

Synonyms:
fake, faker, fraud, imposter, impostor, pretender, pseud, role player, sham, shammer
Types:
name dropper
someone who pretends that famous people are his/her friends
ringer
a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses
Type of:
beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, slicker, trickster
someone who leads you to believe something that is not true

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