AskDefine | Define impersonator

Dictionary Definition

impersonator n : someone who (fraudulently) assumes the appearance of another [syn: imitator]

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  1. Entertainer whose act is based upon performing impressions of others.

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.
impersonator in German: Imitator
impersonator in French: Imitateur
impersonator in Hebrew: התחזות
impersonator in Dutch: Imitator
impersonator in Japanese: 物真似
impersonator in Norwegian: Imitator
impersonator in Portuguese: Imitador
impersonator in Swedish: Imitation

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