The Latin word imposture came to our language as imposture . This is called the simulation or the artifice It takes place with the appearance of being true.
For example: "The imposture of the mayor outraged the neighbors: with the pretext of taking care of the square, prohibited the conduct of demonstrations and protests in the most important green space of the city", “When the Workers Party deputy acquired a mansion in the most luxurious neighborhood, we realized his imposture”, “The religious imposture is the shield of many sex offenders ”.
Usually the imposture is a pose that is adopted in public to obtain some kind of benefit . Assume that the image consultant of a politician recommends that you show yourself as someone committed to the defense of environment . This suggestion comes after the completion of a survey that reveals that ecology is among the main concerns of voters. In this way, the politician begins to pronounce himself in favor of environmentalism and claims to have the intention of combating pollution, when in reality the issue does not interest him: he is a shareholder of a polluting company and even usually throws waste on public roads. However, with his imposture he tries to generate empathy with people.
A romantic singer, on the other hand, can present himself as a heterosexual heartthrob when, in reality, he is gay. The imposture is because he believes that, if he recognizes his sexual orientation, he could lose admirers and sell fewer tickets for his concerts .
Since the word imposture It is not very common in everyday speech, it can be very useful to look for it in a dictionary of synonyms, to know other terms whose meanings are similar and give us a broader look at yours. Let's look at some of the most common below: scam , farce, scam, falsehood, simulation, comedy, forgery, theater, superchery, slander, imputation, defamation and gossip.
As with many other words in our language, it is not easy to find an antonym of imposture. To understand why this happens, let's first review the two meanings offered by the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy : "malicious and false imputation"; "deception or pretense presented as a truth". How could we express the opposite of a twisted and deceptive action? Well, simply as something "pure" or "direct", like a speech or a way of being without second intentions or small print. In short, the opposite of the imposture is what should happen usually , what is expected of a person, and therefore it is not easy to define it.
If we go to an extreme and take the term as an example assassin, we will also find the absence of antonyms, since it is not necessary to define the action of "not killing" or the tendency to "respect the value of the life of others ", but these characteristics are what we consider basic in a good human being.
When we go out, when we appear in front of other people, it is usually almost impossible not to "dress" in an imposture appropriate to the norms of the social group in which we insert ourselves. This does not mean that we are false, but that we usually limit and alter our personality when we are outside our inner circle, sometimes with the desire to respect the freedom from others, and others out of shame to show us how we really are.
The malicious imposture is different, since it is adopted with the intention of obtaining a benefit , as well expressed in the example of the political leader who begins to speak in favor of the environment even though he is not interested in the subject at all.