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
  1. adjective
    (often used in combination) not genuine but having the appearance of
    “a pseudo esthete”
    Synonyms:
    counterfeit, imitative
    not genuine; imitating something superior
  2. noun
    a person who makes deceitful pretenses
    synonyms: fake, faker, fraud, imposter, impostor, pretender, pseud, role player, sham, shammer
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    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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