Definitions for pretence
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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"
pretense, pretence, feigning, dissembling(noun)
pretending with intention to deceive
pretense, pretence, make-believe(noun)
imaginative intellectual play
pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigning(noun)
the act of giving a false appearance
"his conformity was only pretending"
An act of pretending or pretension; a false claim or pretext.
Origin: From pretensse, from praetensus (past participle of praetendere, prae- + tendere).
alt. of Pretenceless
the act of laying claim; the claim laid; assumption; pretension
the act of holding out, or offering, to others something false or feigned; presentation of what is deceptive or hypocritical; deception by showing what is unreal and concealing what is real; false show; simulation; as, pretense of illness; under pretense of patriotism; on pretense of revenging Caesar's death
that which is pretended; false, deceptive, or hypocritical show, argument, or reason; pretext; feint
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Jealousy: that Dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.
Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.
The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.
The conquest of the earth... is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only... not a sentimental pretence but an idea.
Friends make pretence of following to the grave but before one is in it, their minds are turned and making the best of their way back to life and living people and things they understand.
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