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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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