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  Definition of Pretense
  1. the act of giving a false appearance; "his conformity was only pretending"
  2. an artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"
  3. a false or unsupportable quality
  4. imaginative intellectual play
  5. pretending with intention to deceive
Similar Words: pretence, pretending, simulation, feigning, guise, pretext, pretension, make-believe, dissembling

 

Hyponyms: appearance, show, make-believe, pretend, affectation, mannerism, pose, affectedness, masquerade, bluff, pretext, stalking-horse, hypocrisy, lip service

 

Derivational Morphology: simulate, assume, sham, feign, pretend, affect, dissemble

 

Anagrams: pertness

 

 
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