pretension, pretense, pretencenoun
a false or unsupportable quality
guise, pretense, pretence, pretextnoun
an artful or simulated semblance
"under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"
pretense, pretence, feigning, dissemblingnoun
pretending with intention to deceive
pretense, pretence, make-believenoun
imaginative intellectual play
pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigningnoun
the act of giving a false appearance
"his conformity was only pretending"
An act of pretending or pretension; a false claim or pretext.
Etymology: 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
The numerical value of pretence in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of pretence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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.
This destabilizes European democracies, we need to start the debate about the future of our continent honestly, without the muzzle of' political correctness', without pretence, talking straight.
[I]f we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.
A man who does not endeavour to seem more than he is will generally be thought nothing of. We habitually make such large deductions for pretence and imposture that no real merit will stand against them. It is necessary to set off our good qualities with a certain air of plausibility and self-importance, as some attention to fashion is necessary.
Jealousy: that Dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.
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