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Definitions for pretense
prɪˈtɛns, ˈpri tɛnspre·tense

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigningnoun

    the act of giving a false appearance

    "his conformity was only pretending"

  2. pretense, pretence, feigning, dissemblingnoun

    pretending with intention to deceive

  3. pretense, pretence, make-believenoun

    imaginative intellectual play

  4. pretension, pretense, pretencenoun

    a false or unsupportable quality

  5. guise, pretense, pretence, pretextnoun

    an artful or simulated semblance

    "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"

Wiktionary

  1. pretensenoun

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

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

  2. pretensenoun

    Intention or purpose not real but professed.

    without pretense of accuracy

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

  3. pretensenoun

    An unsupported claim made or implied.

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

  4. pretensenoun

    An insincere attempt to reach a specific condition or quality.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pretensenoun

    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.

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Anagrams for pretense »

  1. preteens, pre-teens

  2. Petersen

  3. terpenes

  4. Pre-teens

  5. Preteens

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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

Examples of pretense in a Sentence

  1. William E. Borah:

    Without an unfettered press, without liberty of speech, all of the outward forms and structures of free institutions are a sham, a pretense -- the sheerest mockery. If the press is not free; if speech is not independent and untrammeled; if the mind is shackled or made impotent through fear, it makes no difference under what form of government you live, you are a subject and not a citizen.

  2. Erik Pevernagie:

    Could it be that nothing can truly make people long for 'anything' or 'anybody' anymore? Is everybody invading the catwalk of superficiality and acquiring artificial gadgets to create a pretense of desire? Have they, really, ended up in a twilight of desire? ( "Crépuscule du désir" )

  3. STOOLarts KONCEPT:

    Jack of all trades, master of none Jacking up WISDOM with everyone That was stolen from a little old man Because he thinks everyone's dumb. He's a Doctor and a Faith Healer He's a Teacher and a Cheater He's a PREACHER and a Sinner He's a Musician and a Politician He's a Judge with a grudge He is trying to be an Artist But nobody was pleased. Jack of all trades Speaking highly of his trades But not even a master of one. Records, showed none... A COPY and PASTE TEACHER, And a PAINTLESS PAINTER. Trying to be a motivator, But, avoids his own mirror. Advice foods and health facts, But who's overweight and fat. Words of pretense, But a bad influence. Tried to create more, But achieve worse than before. Kindness is his devotion, But it's the opposite of his actions. Love and peace as problem solutions, But shows love of gun collections. Your virtue of righteousness, Are just a paradox, it is worthless. You're no mystery, But just plain MISERY. Jack of all trades, For sure master of NONE.

  4. Henry Louis Mencken:

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

  5. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Pretense cannot sustain blind power.

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