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Synonyms for pretender
prɪˈtɛn dər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Pretender(noun)

    a claimant to the throne or to the office of ruler (usually without just title)

    dissimulator, dissembler, impostor, phoney, shammer, phony, fraud, imposter, pseudo, faker, role player, sham, hypocrite, fake, pseud

  2. imposter, impostor, pretender, fake, faker, fraud, sham, shammer, pseudo, pseud, role player(noun)

    a person who makes deceitful pretenses

    histrion, fraud, imposter, pseudo, fake, dissimulator, faker, player, fraudulence, juke, role player, hoax, dissembler, put-on, humbug, shammer, actor, pseud, hypocrite, phoney, sham, phony, postiche, impostor, dupery, malingerer, thespian, skulker

  3. hypocrite, dissembler, dissimulator, phony, phoney, pretender(noun)

    a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives

    dissimulator, dissembler, phoney, shammer, role player, imposter, hypocrite, pseudo, faker, pseud, impostor, sham, fraud, fake, phony


  1. pretender(noun)

    phoney, dissembler, hypocrite

  2. pretender(noun)

    A person who professes beliefs and opinions that they do not hold.

    phoney, hypocrite, dissembler

  3. pretender(noun)

    A claimant to an abolished or already occupied throne.

    dissembler, hypocrite, phoney

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pretender

    A hypocrite (Greek hypokrites, one who answers on the stage, an actor, especially a mimic actor) is one who acts a false part, or assumes a character other than the real. Deceiver is the most comprehensive term, including all the other words of the group. The deceiver seeks to give false impressions of any matter where he has an end to gain; the dissembler or hypocrite seeks to give false impressions in regard to himself. The dissembler is content if he can keep some base conduct or evil purpose from being discovered; the hypocrite seeks not merely to cover his vices, but to gain credit for virtue. The cheat and impostor endeavor to make something out of those they may deceive. The cheat is the inferior and more mercenary, as the thimble-rig gambler; the impostor may aspire to a fortune or a throne. Compare HYPOCRISY.

    The antonyms of hypocrite are to be found only in phrases embodying the adjectives candid, honest, ingenuous, sincere, true, etc.

    cheat, deceiver, dissembler, hypocrite, impostor

Editors Contribution

  1. wannabe

    'wannabe" was used as a deragotory slang term in u.s. youth culture during the 1970s and 80s to describe someone who pretends to be something he is not. also, poser.

    Submitted by margiezme on August 15, 2019  
  2. wannabe

    'wannaba' was a deragotory slang term used in u.s. youth culture during the 1970s and 80s to describe someone who pretends to be something he is not. also, poser.

    Submitted by rinat on August 19, 2019  

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "pretender":

    comedian, impostor, imposter, suitor

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How to use pretender in a sentence?

  1. Chrissie Hynde:

    It's always sad when you start to hate what you love. ― Chrissie Hynde, Reckless: My Life as a Pretender

  2. Anuj Somany:

    A true leader teaches the benefit of understanding and making new good rules; A pretender preaches the good profit of knowing and breaking old rules.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    A true leader walks often alone on the path of life ; A pretender walks usually with many liars, sycophants and betrayers under the disguise of supporters or followers.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    The more a pretender or a self-centered writes or speaks, the more it discloses how much s/he is mentally sick or weak

  5. Matthias John:

    As a person I like him, he's a little bit of a fanatic. But he's not in my opinion a cheater or pretender. It is his personality -- that he's pushing hard and he expected everybody's pushing the same way.

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Translations for pretender

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  • Betrüger, Anwärter, Angeber, HeuchlerGerman
  • διεκδικητήςGreek
  • mentiroso, falso, grupiento, hipócrita, pretendiente, impostor, embusteroSpanish
  • prétendant, imposteurFrench
  • huichelaar, pretendent, veinzerDutch
  • притворщик, лицемер, претендентRussian

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