Definition of pretense
- confuse dignity with pomposity and pretense
- —Bennett Cerf
- was there under false pretenses
- saw through his pretense of indifference
We tried to keep up the pretense that everything was fine.
Their indifference is merely pretense.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
arrogance, assumption, bumptiousness, consequence, haughtiness, hauteur, high horse, huffiness, imperiousness, loftiness, lordliness, masterfulness, pomposity, pompousness, presumptuousness, pretension, pretentiousness, self-importance, superciliousness, superiority;
cockiness, complacence, conceit, egoism, egotism, pride, pridefulness, self-assumption, self-centeredness, self-complacency, self-conceit, self-content, self-contentment, self-opinion, self-partiality, self-satisfaction, smugness, swelled head, vanity;
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