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Definition 1: something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for sham in the sense of this definition

(sham is a kind of ...) something copied or derived from an original

(... is a kind of sham ) a fake in the form of an imitation book; used to fill bookcases of people who wish to appear scholarly

(... is a kind of sham ) something that seems impressive but in fact lacks substance

Definition 2: a person who makes deceitful pretenses - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for sham in the sense of this definition

(sham is a kind of ...) someone who leads you to believe something that is not true

(... is a kind of sham ) someone who pretends that famous people are his/her friends

(... is a kind of sham ) a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses

Definition 3: make believe with the intent to deceive - [verb of communication]

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

  • He feigned that he was ill
  • He shammed a headache

Synonyms for sham in the sense of this definition

(sham is a kind of ...) represent falsely

"This statement misrepresents my intentions"

(... is a kind of sham ) to pretend to be dead

(... is a kind of sham ) pretend to be knocked out, as of a boxer

(... is a kind of sham ) speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths

"The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it"

(... is a kind of sham ) articulate silently; form words with the lips only

"She mouthed a swear word"

(sham has a similar meaning as ...) represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like

"She makes like an actress"

Definition 4: make a pretence of - [verb of creation]

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

  • She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger
  • he feigned sleep

Synonyms for sham in the sense of this definition

(sham is a kind of ...) behave unnaturally or affectedly

"She's just acting"

(... is a kind of sham ) pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity

"Let's play like I am mommy" "Play cowboy and Indians"

(... is a kind of sham ) deceive by a mock action

"The midfielder feinted to shoot"

Definition 5: adopted in order to deceive - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • an assumed name
  • an assumed cheerfulness
  • a fictitious address
  • fictive sympathy
  • a pretended interest
  • a put-on childish voice
  • sham modesty

Synonyms for sham in the sense of this definition

(sham is similar to ...) not genuine; imitating something superior

"counterfeit emotion" "counterfeit money" "counterfeit works of art" "a counterfeit prince"

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