Definitions of pretence

n the act of giving a false appearance

feigning, pretending, pretense, simulation
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appearance, show
pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression
make-believe, pretend
the enactment of a pretense
affectation, affectedness, mannerism, pose
a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
making a false outward show
a theatrical pose created for effect
radical chic
an affectation of radical left-wing views and the fashionable dress and lifestyle that goes with them
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deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation
the act of deceiving

n pretending with intention to deceive

dissembling, feigning, pretense
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pretense that your position is stronger than it really is
pretext, stalking-horse
something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
hypocrisy, lip service
an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
a pretext for delay or inaction
crocodile tears
a hypocritical display of sorrow; false or insincere weeping
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deceit, deception, misrepresentation
a misleading falsehood

n a false or unsupportable quality

pretense, pretension
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the quality of being produced by people and not occurring naturally

n an artful or simulated semblance

guise, pretense, pretext
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color, colour, gloss, semblance
an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading

n imaginative intellectual play

make-believe, pretense
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imagery, imagination, imaging, mental imagery
the ability to form mental images of things or events

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