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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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it might get its head into the air, parasitically so to speak, by profiting by weak spots in the armor of human minds, and slipping in and stirring up there the sleeping tendency to personate.
158-59), Timon ("amongst them all, / Whose eyes are on this sovereign lady fix'd, / One do I personate of Lord Timon's frame" 1.
H]e that cannot personate the wise man well amongst wizards, let him learn to play the fool amongst dizzards.
The Spectator complained of his 1833 Covent Garden appearance that, while "[i]n one particular only we might expect a Native African to be better qualified by nature to personate a character of his own clime and complexion--that is, having the fiery temperament of these children of the Sun," Aldridge was in fact, in "remarkable exception to the general rule" "tame and larmoyant.
It also punishes with a maximum of two years imprisonment or a fine of no less than YR 100,000 for any one personates the identity of a security or armed man.
Es probable que la presentacion de estadisticas sobre aborto inseguro, junto con historias personates convincentes, tengan reso-nancia en quienes formulan las politicas y contribuyan a un debate publico injormado sobre la rejorma a la ley de aborto.
For what may have helped James to be a literary hero for our time is the way in which he combined the lifelong production of difficult masterpieces with the personal nature of a sexual Sphinx: an infinitely sensitive, indeed feminine, man, with a tenderness for men as well as for women, who still personates the fear and mystery of sexuality, since his own sexuality is tantalizing, hidden, almost infinitely elusive.
Swift's projector-persona personates a benevolent humanitarian who expresses pity for the mothers "sacrificing the poor innocent babes" yet suggests that their early death avoids "a perpetual scene of misfortunes"; and Lamb's eater justifies his cannibalistic gusto with the false consolation that an early death preserves the piglet's innocence.
9) The passage is quoted in the Variorum commentary on the Calender: "Let the novice first learn to renounce the world, and so give himselfe to God, and not therefore give humselfe to God, that hee may close the better with the World, like that false Shepherd Palinode in the Eclogue of May, under whom the Poet lively personates our Prelates, whose whole life is a recantation of their pastorall vow, and whose profession to forsake the World, as they use the matter, boggs them deeper into the world: Those our admired Spenser inveighs against, not without some presage of these reforming times" (Milton Prose vol.