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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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