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Synonyms for pretense
prɪˈtɛns, ˈpri tɛns

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigning(noun)

    the act of giving a false appearance

    "his conformity was only pretending"

    Synonyms:
    pretending, pretence, pretext, pretension, guise, feigning, computer simulation, make-believe, simulation, model, dissembling

  2. pretense, pretence, feigning, dissembling(noun)

    pretending with intention to deceive

    Synonyms:
    dissimulation, pretending, deceit, pretence, pretext, pretension, guise, feigning, make-believe, simulation, deception, dissembling

  3. pretense, pretence, make-believe(noun)

    imaginative intellectual play

    Synonyms:
    pretend, pretending, pretence, pretext, pretension, guise, feigning, make-believe, simulation, dissembling

  4. pretension, pretense, pretence(noun)

    a false or unsupportable quality

    Synonyms:
    largeness, pretending, pretence, pretext, simulation, pretension, feigning, pretentiousness, make-believe, guise, dissembling

  5. guise, pretense, pretence, pretext(noun)

    an artful or simulated semblance

    "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"

    Synonyms:
    pretending, pretence, pretext, simulation, pretension, feigning, guise, make-believe, stalking-horse, dissembling

Wiktionary

  1. pretense(noun)

    Synonyms:
    fiction, deception, affectation, escape, imitation, sham, pretext, subterfuge

  2. pretense(noun)

    A false or hypocritical profession, as, under pretense of friendliness.

    Synonyms:
    deception, imitation, escape, sham, affectation, subterfuge, fiction, pretext

  3. pretense(noun)

    Intention or purpose not real but professed.

    without pretense of accuracy

    Synonyms:
    fiction, pretext, escape, affectation, subterfuge, imitation, sham, deception

  4. pretense(noun)

    An unsupported claim made or implied.

    Synonyms:
    escape, subterfuge, pretext, affectation, sham, imitation, deception, fiction

  5. pretense(noun)

    An insincere attempt to reach a specific condition or quality.

    Synonyms:
    deception, escape, subterfuge, pretext, fiction, imitation, sham, affectation

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pretense

    A pretense, in the unfavorable, which is also the usual sense, is something advanced or displayed for the purpose of concealing the reality. A person makes a pretense of something for the credit or advantage to be gained by it; he makes what is allowed or approved a pretext for doing what would be opposed or condemned; a tricky schoolboy makes a pretense of doing an errand which he does not do, or he makes the actual doing of an errand a pretext for playing truant. A ruse is something (especially something slight or petty) employed to blind or deceive so as to mask an ulterior design, and enable a person to gain some end that he would not be allowed to approach directly. A pretension is a claim that is or may be contested; the word is now commonly used in an unfavorable sense. Compare ARTIFICE; HYPOCRISY.

    Synonyms:
    affectation, air, assumption, cloak, color, disguise, dissimulation, excuse, mask, pretension, pretext, ruse, seeming, semblance, show, simulation, subterfuge, trick, wile

    Antonyms:
    actuality, candor, fact, frankness, guilelessness, honesty, ingenuousness, openness, reality, simplicity, sincerity, truth

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. pretense(n)

    Synonyms:
    assumption, claim, pretension, simulation, affectation, pretext, feint, subterfuge

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    pretext, comedy

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How to use pretense in a sentence?

  1. STOOLarts KONCEPT:

    Jack of all trades, master of none Jacking up WISDOM with everyone That was stolen from a little old man Because he thinks everyone's dumb. He's a Doctor and a Faith Healer He's a Teacher and a Cheater He's a PREACHER and a Sinner He's a Musician and a Politician He's a Judge with a grudge He is trying to be an Artist But nobody was pleased. Jack of all trades Speaking highly of his trades But not even a master of one. Records, showed none... A COPY and PASTE TEACHER, And a PAINTLESS PAINTER. Trying to be a motivator, But, avoids his own mirror. Advice foods and health facts, But who's overweight and fat. Words of pretense, But a bad influence. Tried to create more, But achieve worse than before. Kindness is his devotion, But it's the opposite of his actions. Love and peace as problem solutions, But shows love of gun collections. Your virtue of righteousness, Are just a paradox, it is worthless. You're no mystery, But just plain MISERY. Jack of all trades, For sure master of NONE.

  2. Senator Richard Blumenthal:

    I urgently want to know how Apple and Google will assure that consumers' privacy interests are strongly balanced with the legitimate needs of public health officials during the coronavirus pandemic, a public health crisis cannot be a pretense to pave over our privacy laws or legitimize tech companies' intrusive data collection about American's personal lives.

  3. Havelock Ellis:

    Jealousy - that dragon which slays love under the pretense of keeping it alive.

  4. Henry Louis Mencken:

    Whenever A annoys or injures B on the pretense of saving or improving X, A is a scoundrel.

  5. Abraham Lincoln:

    Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal.' When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read 'all men are created equal, except Negroes and foreigners and Catholics.' When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty -- to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy hypocrisy.


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