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

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

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

n a person who makes deceitful pretenses

fake, faker, fraud, imposter, impostor, pretender, pseud, role player, sham, shammer
name dropper
someone who pretends that famous people are his/her friends
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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