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Pretense

Pre`tense´
n.1.The act of laying claim; the claim laid; assumption; pretension.
2.The act of holding out, or offering, to others something false or feigned; presentation of what is deceptive or hypocritical; deception by showing what is unreal and concealing what is real; false show; simulation; as, pretense of illness; under pretense of patriotism; on pretense of revenging Cæsar's death.
3.That which is pretended; false, deceptive, or hypocritical show, argument, or reason; pretext; feint.
4.Intention; design.
A very pretense and purpose of unkindness.
- Shak.
Noun1.Pretensepretense - the act of giving a false appearance; "his conformity was only pretending"
2.pretense - pretending with intention to deceive
3.pretense - imaginative intellectual play
4.pretense - a false or unsupportable quality
Synonyms: pretence, pretension
5.pretense - an artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"
Synonyms: guise, pretence, pretext
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