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Definition 1: the act of giving a false appearance - [noun denoting act]

Samples where pretence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his conformity was only pretending

Synonyms for pretence in the sense of this definition

(pretence is a kind of ...) the act of deceiving

(... is a kind of pretence ) pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression

"they try to keep up appearances" "that ceremony is just for show"

(... is a kind of pretence ) the enactment of a pretense

"it was just pretend"

(... is a kind of pretence ) a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

(... is a kind of pretence ) making a false outward show

"a beggar's masquerade of wealth"

Definition 2: a false or unsupportable quality - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for pretence in the sense of this definition

(pretence is a kind of ...) the quality of being produced by people and not occurring naturally

Definition 3: an artful or simulated semblance - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where pretence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • under the guise of friendship he betrayed them

Synonyms for pretence in the sense of this definition

(pretence is a kind of ...) an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading

"he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity" "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction" "the situation soon took on a different color"

Definition 4: imaginative intellectual play - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for pretence in the sense of this definition

(pretence is a kind of ...) the ability to form mental images of things or events

"he could still hear her in his imagination"

Definition 5: pretending with intention to deceive - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for pretence in the sense of this definition

(pretence is a kind of ...) a misleading falsehood

(... is a kind of pretence ) pretense that your position is stronger than it really is

"his bluff succeeded in getting him accepted"

(... is a kind of pretence ) something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason

(... is a kind of pretence ) an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction

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