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  Definition of sham
  1. something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
  2. a person who makes deceitful pretenses
  3. make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
  4. make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"
  5. adopted in order to deceive; "an assumed name"; "an assumed cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive sympathy"; "a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish voice"; "sham modesty"
Similar Words: fake, postiche, imposter, impostor, pretender, faker, fraud, shammer, pseudo, pseud, role player, feign, pretend, affect, dissemble, simulate, assume, assumed, false, fictitious, fictive, pretended, put on

 

Hyponyms: fake book, name dropper, ringer, play possum, take a dive, bull, fake, mouth, play, feint

 

Grouped Verbs: make, pretend, make believe

 

Derivational Morphology: feign, pretend, affect, dissemble, bull, fake, fudge, manipulate, falsify, cook, wangle, misrepresent, forge, counterfeit, simulate, assume, act, hypocrite, dissembler, phony, phoney, pretender, pretense, pretence, feigning, dissembling, imposter, impostor, faker, fraud, shammer, pseudo, pseud, role player, pretending, simulation, postiche, malingerer, skulker

 

Anagrams: mash

 

 
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