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English noun: pretence

1. pretence (attribute) a false or unsupportable quality

Synonymspretense, pretension

Broader (hypernym)artificiality

2. pretence (attribute) an artful or simulated semblance

SamplesUnder the guise of friendship he betrayed them.

Synonymsguise, pretense, pretext

Broader (hypernym)color, colour, gloss, semblance

3. pretence (communication) pretending with intention to deceive

Synonymsdissembling, feigning, pretense

Broader (hypernym)deceit, deception, misrepresentation

Narrower (hyponym)bluff, hypocrisy, lip service, pretext, stalking-horse

4. pretence (cognition) imaginative intellectual play

Synonymsmake-believe, pretense

Broader (hypernym)imagery, imagination, imaging, mental imagery

5. pretence (act) the act of giving a false appearance

SamplesHis conformity was only pretending.

Synonymsfeigning, pretending, pretense, simulation

Broader (hypernym)deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation

Narrower (hyponym)affectation, affectedness, appearance, make-believe, mannerism, masquerade, pose, pretend, show

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