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The word Foist is a verb. It means to impose something surreptitiously or by coercion and fraud. It is also used when someone or something is trying to pass off as genuine or worthy but is a fake.
It was first used in 1535-1545 and was derived from the word vuist which is used in the Dutch dialect.

Pronunciation: faw-ist

Meanings of Foist

1. To pass off as genuine, valuable, or worthy
2. To impose (something or someone unwanted) upon another by coercion or trickery

Master’s Tip to Learn Foist

Foist can be recalled by splitting it as ‘forcefully insert’ which would mean to forcefully impose and thus is easy to relate to.

Sentence examples for Foist:

1. The film just lets us sit back and smile, never foisting any messages on us and avoiding the usual annoying sentimentality.
2. Being my superior he gets to foist all his work on me whenever he has a deadline to meet.
3. Shopkeepers who foist shoddy souvenirs on unsuspecting tourists should be dealt with harshly.

Synonyms: insert, pass off, fake
Antonyms: keep

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