pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigning(noun)
the act of giving a false appearance
"his conformity was only pretending"
pretense, pretence, feigning, dissembling(noun)
pretending with intention to deceive
pretense, pretence, make-believe(noun)
imaginative intellectual play
pretension, pretense, pretence(noun)
a false or unsupportable quality
guise, pretense, pretence, pretext(noun)
an artful or simulated semblance
"under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"
A false or hypocritical profession, as, under pretense of friendliness.
Intention or purpose not real but professed.
without pretense of accuracy
An unsupported claim made or implied.
An insincere attempt to reach a specific condition or quality.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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How to use pretense in a sentence?
Pretense cannot sustain blind power.
Could it be that nothing can truly make people long for 'anything' or 'anybody' anymore? Is everybody invading the catwalk of superficiality and acquiring artificial gadgets to create a pretense of desire? Have they, really, ended up in a twilight of desire? ( "Crépuscule du désir" )
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent.
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.
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