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Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pretence

    excuse, pretext, fabrication, simulation, cloak, mask, color, show, garb, plea, assumption, make believe, outside show, pretension

    verity, reality, truth, simplicity, candor, guilelessness, openness, veritableness, actuality, fact

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pretension, pretense, pretencenoun

    a false or unsupportable quality

    largeness, pretending, pretext, simulation, pretense, pretension, feigning, pretentiousness, make-believe, guise, dissembling

  2. guise, pretense, pretence, pretextnoun

    an artful or simulated semblance

    "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"

    pretending, pretext, simulation, pretense, pretension, feigning, guise, make-believe, stalking-horse, dissembling

  3. pretense, pretence, feigning, dissemblingnoun

    pretending with intention to deceive

    dissimulation, pretending, deceit, pretext, pretension, pretense, guise, feigning, make-believe, simulation, deception, dissembling

  4. pretense, pretence, make-believenoun

    imaginative intellectual play

    pretend, pretending, pretext, pretension, pretense, guise, feigning, make-believe, simulation, dissembling

  5. pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigningnoun

    the act of giving a false appearance

    "his conformity was only pretending"

    pretending, pretext, pretension, pretense, guise, feigning, computer simulation, make-believe, simulation, model, dissembling

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. pretencenoun

    [Written also Pretense.] show (to conceal a thing to be done), false appearance, mask, color, simulation, affectation, cant, PRETEXT, clap-trap

  2. pretencenoun

    subterfuge, evasion, excuse

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "pretence":

    pretext, guise, fiction, excuse, usurpation

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How to use pretence in a sentence?

  1. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness:

    The conquest of the earth... is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only... not a sentimental pretence but an idea.

  2. Robert Frost:

    Friends make pretence of following to the grave but before one is in it, their minds are turned and making the best of their way back to life and living people and things they understand.

  3. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban:

    This destabilizes European democracies, we need to start the debate about the future of our continent honestly, without the muzzle of' political correctness', without pretence, talking straight.

  4. Havelock Ellis:

    Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.

  5. Thomas Jefferson:

    [I]f we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.

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