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to assume the identity of another person with intent to deceive.

TO PERSONATE, crim. law. The act of assuming the character of another without lawful authority, and, in such character, doing something to his prejudice, or to the prejudice of another, without his will or consent.
     2. The bare fact of personating another for the purpose of fraud, is no more than a cheat or misdemeanor at common law, and punishable as such. 2 East, P. C. 1010; 2 Russ. on Cr. 479.
     3. By the act of congress of the 30th April, 1790, s. 15, 1 Story's Laws U. S. 86, it is enacted, that "if any person shall acknowledge, or procure to be acknowledged in any court of the United States, any recognizance, bail or judgment, in the name or names of any other person or persons not privy or consenting to the same, every such person or persons, on conviction thereof, shall be fined not exceeding five thousand dollars, or be imprisoned not exceeding seven years, and whipped not exceeding thirty-nine stripes, Provided nevertheless. that this act shall not extend to the acknowledgment of any judgment or judgments by any attorney or attorneys, duly admitted, for any person or persons against whom any such judgment or judgments shall be bad or given." Vide, generally, 2 John. Cas. 293; 16 Vin. Ab. 336; Com. Dig. Action on the case for a deceit, A 3.

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Instead, his argument is that the sentiments represented by personated characters are associated with issues pertinent to their contemporary professional theater.
Stages must submit to Scaffolds, and personated tragedies to real ones.
Shakespeare himself uses "personate" to mean "represent," but never in a specifically dramatic sense: in Twelfth Night ("he shall find himself most feelingly personated," 2.
Wall says, however, that the one thing in the riding which must not be forgotten was the "Egyptian Princess [Sabra, George's wife to be] personated by the prettiest girl in Stratford (where pretty girls were always found, and are still not few).
A typical theatrical passage, among the hundreds in the book, concerns Edmunds, or Father Weston, the leader of the Catholic exorcists: "The same Edmunds and his twelve holy disciples that have feigned a devil Tragedie, sorted it into acres and scenes, furnished it with hangings, set up a stage of forgerie, replenished it with personated actors, adorned it with fictitious devises, dreames, imaginations, and ridiculous wonders.
But whether the emphasis then is on the fortunes of the Admiral's Men, on the founding of the Lord Chamberlain's Men, on the construction of the Globe in 1599, or on the birth and evolution of personated acting within the older tradition of playing in the last decade of the sixteenth century, the time frame of importance becomes the ten years between 1585 and 1595.
2, and says in response to Mosca's perfectly hypocritical protestations of virtue, "This cannot be a personated passion" (1.
Which being personated with lively and well-spirited action, wrought such impression in his noble thoughts that in meere emulation of his fathers valor .