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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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Battifol assumes that individuals in costume personated these camels, whose riders were mounted 'on ne sait comment' (Le Louvre, 114).
Its three-pronged investigation considers the challenges facing the boy actor, who had to deal with the threat of a "cracked" or "squeaking" voice as he personated women on the early modern stage (chapter 1); Shakespeare's representations of the powers of women to exercise agency through the wielding of breath (chapter 2); and the representation of women as auditors in late Shakespeare (chapter 3).
After explaining that the situation "remained doubtful" he continues, "And therefore, we personated old Faringdon, not Fitz-Alwine, as the booke yet may be seene, to cut off all such contentious questions" (78-80).
Othello, almost the master-work of the mastermind--a part, the study of which occupied, perhaps, years of the life of the elegant and classical Kemble; a part, which the fire and genius of Kean have, of late years, made his exclusive property; a part, which it has been considered a sort of theatrical treason for any one less distinguished than these two variously but highly gifted individuals to attempt; and this is to be personated in an English national theatre, by one whose pretensions rest upon the two grounds of his face being of a natural instead of an acquired tint, and of his having lived as a servant to a low-comedy actor.
A Game at Chess was interpreted as a satire of Anglo-Spanish relations in which political manoeuvring was allegorized as chess play and high-ranking Spaniards such as Don Diego Sarmiento de Acuna, Conde de Gondomar and ex-Ambassador of Spain, and Catholic clergymen such as Marc Antonio de Dominis, Archbishop of Spalato, were irreverently personated in the characters of the Black House.
Instead, his argument is that the sentiments represented by personated characters are associated with issues pertinent to their contemporary professional theater.
where the idea of theatrical performance is loosest and most metaphoric, is recorded as originating from Swift's A Tale of a Tub (1704): |the Elder Brutus only personated the Fool and Madman, for the Good of the Publick'.
56) As in Cleopatra's putdown of the boy players, in this moment the boy actress invites the audience to judge whether he has personated a woman so well that he can name the woman player and still gain applause.
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.