pretence

Definitions of pretence
  1. noun
    the act of giving a false appearance
    synonyms: 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
    masquerade
    making a false outward show
    attitude
    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
  2. noun
    pretending with intention to deceive
    synonyms: dissembling, feigning, pretense
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    bluff
    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
    putoff
    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
  3. noun
    a false or unsupportable quality
    synonyms: pretense, pretension
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    artificiality
    the quality of being produced by people and not occurring naturally
  4. noun
    an artful or simulated semblance
    synonyms: guise, pretense, pretext
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    color, colour, gloss, semblance, veneer
    an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading
  5. noun
    imaginative intellectual play
    synonyms: 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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