What does pretense mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term 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.

  2. pretense(Noun)

    Intention or purpose not real but professed.

    without pretense of accuracy

  3. pretense(Noun)

    An unsupported claim made or implied.

  4. pretense(Noun)

    An insincere attempt to reach a specific condition or quality.

  5. Origin: 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.

Matched Categories

Anagrams for pretense »

  1. preteens, pre-teens

  2. Petersen

  3. terpenes

  4. Pre-teens

  5. Preteens

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



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