Definitions for pretence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pretension, pretense, pretence(noun)

    a false or unsupportable quality

  2. guise, pretense, pretence, pretext(noun)

    an artful or simulated semblance

    "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"

  3. pretense, pretence, feigning, dissembling(noun)

    pretending with intention to deceive

  4. pretense, pretence, make-believe(noun)

    imaginative intellectual play

  5. pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigning(noun)

    the act of giving a false appearance

    "his conformity was only pretending"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pretence(noun)ɪˈzʌmp ʃən

    pretense

Wiktionary

  1. pretence(Noun)

    An act of pretending or pretension; a false claim or pretext.

  2. Origin: From pretensse, from praetensus (past participle of praetendere, prae- + tendere).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pretence(adj)

    alt. of Pretenceless

  2. Pretence(noun)

    the act of laying claim; the claim laid; assumption; pretension

  3. Pretence(noun)

    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

  4. Pretence(noun)

    that which is pretended; false, deceptive, or hypocritical show, argument, or reason; pretext; feint

  5. Pretence(noun)

    intention; design


Translations for pretence

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

pretence(noun)

(an) act of pretending

Under the pretence of friendship, he persuaded her to get into his car.

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