What does pretender mean?

Definitions for pretender
prɪˈtɛn dərpre·tender

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Pretendernoun

    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 playernoun

    a person who makes deceitful pretenses

  3. hypocrite, dissembler, dissimulator, phony, phoney, pretendernoun

    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. pretendernoun

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

  2. pretendernoun

    A claimant to an abolished or already occupied throne.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pretendernoun

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

  2. Pretendernoun

    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. Pretendernoun

    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.

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  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

Examples of pretender in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    Beware of a person who talks about Nature, animal care , human well-being/welfare or any such nice quotes, but share own picture oft with thoughts poster or on posts on social media sphere. More to be careful of him/her if that individual is a billionaire or bewitching beauty (woman) or lover of own fair complexion, anyone occupying big chair and many people seem often hanging around him/her here & there. Because it is most likely that Betrayer, Bluffer, Boot=licker, Big credit-snatcher/pretender, Buffoon/Duffer ,Dirty-politics player, Philanderer, Swindler, Self-seeker/Self-obsessive nature is deeply embedded in his/her character somewhere.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    The more a pretender or a self-centered writes or speaks, the more it discloses how much s/he is mentally sick or weak

  3. Matthias John:

    As a person I like him, he's a little bit of a fanatic. But he's not in my opinion a cheater or pretender. It is his personality -- that he's pushing hard and he expected everybody's pushing the same way.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    The reality is that there is no classification of leadership and nothing as such good or bad leader. A person is either a leader or a pretender. A pretender is seen often surrounded with many people-all stupid and sycophants.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    A true leader teaches the benefit of understanding and making new good rules; A pretender preaches the good profit of knowing and breaking old rules.

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

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    • A. irascible
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