What does pretense mean?

Definitions for pretenseprɪˈtɛns, ˈpri tɛns

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pretense.

Princeton's WordNet

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

    the act of giving a false appearance

    "his conformity was only pretending"

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

    pretending with intention to deceive

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

    imaginative intellectual play

  4. pretension, pretense, pretence(noun)

    a false or unsupportable quality

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

    an artful or simulated semblance

    "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"

Wiktionary

  1. pretense(Noun)

    A false or hypocritical profession, as, under pretense of friendliness.

  2. pretense(Noun)

    Intention or purpose not real but professed.

    without pretense of accuracy

  3. pretense(Noun)

    An unsupported claim made or implied.

  4. pretense(Noun)

    An insincere attempt to reach a specific condition or quality.

  5. Origin: From pretensse, from prætensus, past participle of prætendere, from præ- + tendere; see pretend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pretense(noun)

    alt. of Pretence

Freebase

  1. Pretense

    The Tollan put Skaara and Klorel on trial to determine who will control the host body.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pretense

    Same as Pretence.

Anagrams for pretense »

  1. preteens, pre-teens

  2. Petersen

  3. terpenes

  4. Pre-teens

  5. Preteens

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pretense in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pretense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Pretense cannot sustain blind power.

  2. Havelock Ellis:

    Jealousy - that dragon which slays love under the pretense of keeping it alive.

  3. Henry Louis Mencken:

    Whenever A annoys or injures B on the pretense of saving or improving X, A is a scoundrel.

  4. Thomas Jefferson:

    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.

  5. John Calvin:

    The Fanaticism which discards the Scripture, under the pretense of resorting to immediate revelations is subversive of every principle of Christianity. For when they boast extravagantly of the Spirit, the tendency is always to bury the Word of God so they may make room for their own falsehoods.

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