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Synonyms for pretense
prɪˈtɛns, ˈpri tɛnspre·tense

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Wiktionary0.0 / 0 votes

  1. pretensenoun

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

  2. pretensenoun

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

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

  3. pretensenoun

    Intention or purpose not real but professed.

    without pretense of accuracy

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

  4. pretensenoun

    An unsupported claim made or implied.

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

  5. pretensenoun

    An insincere attempt to reach a specific condition or quality.

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

English Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  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

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigningnoun

    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, dissemblingnoun

    pretending with intention to deceive

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

  3. pretense, pretence, make-believenoun

    imaginative intellectual play

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

  4. pretension, pretense, pretencenoun

    a false or unsupportable quality

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

  5. guise, pretense, pretence, pretextnoun

    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

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Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. pretensenoun

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "pretense":

    pretext, comedy

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How to use pretense in a sentence?

  1. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Pretense cannot sustain blind power.

  2. Havelock Ellis:

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

  3. William E. Borah:

    Without an unfettered press, without liberty of speech, all of the outward forms and structures of free institutions are a sham, a pretense -- the sheerest mockery. If the press is not free; if speech is not independent and untrammeled; if the mind is shackled or made impotent through fear, it makes no difference under what form of government you live, you are a subject and not a citizen.

  4. James Comey:

    Now it was pretty clear to me what was happening. The setup of the dinner, both the physical layout of the private meal and Trump’s pretense that he had not already asked me to stay on multiple occasions, convinced me this was an effort to establish a patronage relationship.

  5. Antony Blinken:

    The demands that Russia put on the table were beyond excessive, they were, of course, nonstarters, and what we've seen repeatedly is that Russia goes through the pretense of diplomacy to distract and continue on its aggressive path.


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