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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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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.
Speaking of the water cycle and the cloud that both narrates and personates that cycle, Reiman observes that the cloud is "an analogue of the human mind," its cyclical existence enacting "the life-cycle of the human soul" (Poetry 116-17).