What does pretense mean?

Definitions for pretense
prɪˈtɛns, ˈpri tɛnspre·tense

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigning(noun)

    the act of giving a false appearance

    "his conformity was only pretending"

  2. pretense, pretence, feigning, dissembling(noun)

    pretending with intention to deceive

  3. pretense, pretence, make-believe(noun)

    imaginative intellectual play

  4. pretension, pretense, pretence(noun)

    a false or unsupportable quality

  5. guise, pretense, pretence, pretext(noun)

    an artful or simulated semblance

    "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"

Wiktionary

  1. pretense(Noun)

    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. pretense(Noun)

    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. pretense(Noun)

    An unsupported claim made or implied.

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

  4. pretense(Noun)

    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. Pretense(noun)

    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.

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. Thomas Jefferson:

    I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

  2. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Pretense cannot sustain blind power.

  3. James Comey:

    Now it was pretty clear to me what was happening. The setup of the dinner, both the physical layout of the private meal and Trump’s pretense that he had not already asked me to stay on multiple occasions, convinced me this was an effort to establish a patronage relationship.

  4. 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.

  5. Abraham Lincoln:

    Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal.' When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read 'all men are created equal, except Negroes and foreigners and Catholics.' When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty -- to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy hypocrisy.

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