What does pretender mean?

Definitions for pretenderprɪˈtɛn dər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Pretender(noun)

    a claimant to the throne or to the office of ruler (usually without just title)

  2. imposter, impostor, pretender, fake, faker, fraud, sham, shammer, pseudo, pseud, role player(noun)

    a person who makes deceitful pretenses

  3. hypocrite, dissembler, dissimulator, phony, phoney, pretender(noun)

    a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives


  1. pretender(Noun)

    A person who professes beliefs and opinions that they do not hold.

  2. pretender(Noun)

    A claimant to an abolished or already occupied throne.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pretender(noun)

    one who lays claim, or asserts a title (to something); a claimant

  2. Pretender(noun)

    the pretender (Eng. Hist.), the son or the grandson of James II., the heir of the royal family of Stuart, who laid claim to the throne of Great Britain, from which the house was excluded by law

  3. Pretender(noun)

    one who pretends, simulates, or feigns


  1. Pretender

    A pretender is one who claims entitlement to an unavailable position of honour or rank. Most often it refers to a former monarch, or descendant thereof, whose throne is occupied or claimed by a rival, or has been abolished. Although "claimant" is sometimes preferred, the term in itself is not pejorative. The original meaning of the English word pretend, from the French word prétendre means "to put forward, to profess or claim"; this predates today's more common English meaning of "pretend", which is to claim falsely. The term "pretender" applies not only to claimants with arguably genuine rights to the throne who regarded the de facto monarch as a usurper, but also to impostors with wholly fabricated claims. People in the latter category often assume the identities of deceased or missing royalty, and are sometimes referred to for clarity as false pretenders or royal impersonators. A Papal pretender is called an Antipope.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pretender in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pretender in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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Translations for pretender

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Betrüger, Anwärter, Angeber, HeuchlerGerman
  • mentiroso, falso, grupiento, hipócrita, pretendiente, impostor, embusteroSpanish
  • prétendant, imposteurFrench
  • huichelaar, pretendent, veinzerDutch
  • притворщик, лицемер, претендентRussian

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