AskDefine | Define impersonation

Dictionary Definition



1 a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect [syn: caricature, imitation]
2 pretending to be another person [syn: imposture]
3 imitating the mannerisms of another person [syn: personation]

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  1. alternative form of impersonification

Extensive Definition

An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the behavior or actions of another. There are many reasons for someone to be an Impersonator, the most common could be:
  • Legally: An entertainer impersonates a celebrity, generally for entertainment, and makes fun of their recent scandals or known behavior patterns. Entertainers who impersonate multiple celebrities as part of their act are typically called impressionists.
  • Illegally: As part of a criminal act such as identity theft. This is usually where the criminal is trying to assume the identity of another in order to commit fraud such as accessing confidential information or to gain property not belonging to them. Also known as social engineering.
  • Political decoy, used as a form of protection for political and military figures. This involves an impersonator who is employed (or forced) to perform during public appearances, to mislead observers.
impersonation in German: Imitator
impersonation in French: Imitateur
impersonation in Hebrew: התחזות
impersonation in Dutch: Imitator
impersonation in Japanese: 物真似
impersonation in Norwegian: Imitator
impersonation in Portuguese: Imitador
impersonation in Swedish: Imitation

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