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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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But with the coming of the Salem witchcraft trials and Phips's participation in them, Mather became increasingly subject to attack, although his own attitude was not fanatical, as is evident in his Cases of Conscience Concerning Evil Spirits Personating Men (1693).
Julia: You observed not (As it appears) the violence of her passion When, personating Iphis, he pretended-- For your contempt, fair Anaxarete-- To hang himself.
at the end of which--a little figure personating Fame with the trumpet--will descend and place the wreath of immortality on his head, at which moment four representatives of Europe, Asia, Africa and America with Banners inscribed will group around him, forming a beautiful allegorical Tableau.
While playwrights condemn "mimick action," Thomas Heywood famously praises an actor for personating "as though he were the man personated" (Chambers 4: 251); the revelatory "as though" points up the fundamentally imitative habit of "playing a part to the life.
The loathsome sight of men of [sic] personating characters which do not and cannot belong to them.
In this framework of forces, the personating actors and the audience commune in a joint experiential, visceral moment that is exemplified by violent death through "killing, hewing, stabbing, dagger-drawing, fighting, butchery.
The term's appearance in this 1605 letter also precedes the livret or printed brochure for the Ballet de Monseigneur le duc de Vandosme (Paris, 1610) which references entrechats performed as part of an exuberant, antic set of figured dances by eight skilled dwarfs personating servants to the sorceress Alcine: 'Ils etoient tous petits et choisis pour les plus dispos hommes de la Cour, et faisoient (presque toujours a saults, capriolles, et entrichats) les figures biens marquees'.
44) 'There is a minuteness of observation that qualifies him abundantly for the personating the lower orders of men'.
It provides that falsely personating an officer of the Department of Financial Services is a third-degree felony.
The fragments quoted in the enquiry documents include some dialogue: whereas one of the speakers is identified as 'one personating a justice of the peace' his interlocutor is simply called 'Cain,' as if actor and character were one.