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Noun: pretence  'pree,ten(t)s or pri'ten(t)s [N. Amer], pri'ten(t)s [Brit]
Usage: Brit, Cdn (US: pretense)
  1. The act of giving a false appearance
    "his conformity was only pretence";
    - pretense [N. Amer], pretending, simulation, feigning
  2. Pretending with intention to deceive
    - pretense [N. Amer], feigning, dissembling
  3. Imaginative intellectual play
    - pretense [N. Amer], make-believe
  4. A false or unsupportable quality
    - pretension, pretense [N. Amer]
  5. An artful or simulated semblance
    "under the pretence of friendship he betrayed them";
    - guise, pretense [N. Amer], pretext

Derived forms: pretences

Type of: artificiality, color [US], colour [Brit, Cdn], deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation, gloss, imagery, imagination, imaging, mental imagery, misrepresentation, semblance

Encyclopedia: Pretence