What does pretence mean?

Definitions for pretence

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

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"


  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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pretence in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pretence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Havelock Ellis:

    Jealousy: that Dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.

  2. Havelock Ellis:

    Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.

  3. Aleister Crowley:

    The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.

  4. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness:

    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.

  5. Robert Frost:

    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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