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English noun: pretense

1. pretense (act) the act of giving a false appearance

SamplesHis conformity was only pretending.

Synonymsfeigning, pretence, pretending, simulation

Broader (hypernym)deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation

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

2. pretense (communication) pretending with intention to deceive

Synonymsdissembling, feigning, pretence

Broader (hypernym)deceit, deception, misrepresentation

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

3. pretense (cognition) imaginative intellectual play

Synonymsmake-believe, pretence

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

4. pretense (attribute) a false or unsupportable quality

Synonymspretence, pretension

Broader (hypernym)artificiality

5. pretense (attribute) an artful or simulated semblance

SamplesUnder the guise of friendship he betrayed them.

Synonymsguise, pretence, pretext

Broader (hypernym)color, colour, gloss, semblance

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