pretense

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noun pre·tense \ˈprē-ˌten(t)s, pri-ˈ\
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pretence

Definition of pretense

  1. 1 :  a claim made or implied; especially :  one not supported by fact

  2. 2a :  mere ostentation :  pretentiousness confuse dignity with pomposity and pretense — Bennett Cerfb :  a pretentious act or assertion

  3. 3 :  an inadequate or insincere attempt to attain a certain condition or quality

  4. 4 :  professed rather than real intention or purpose :  pretext was there under false pretenses

  5. 5 :  make-believe, fiction

  6. 6 :  false show :  simulation saw through his pretense of indifference

Examples of pretense in a sentence

  1. We tried to keep up the pretense that everything was fine.

  2. Their indifference is merely pretense.

Origin and Etymology of pretense

Middle English, probably modification of Medieval Latin pretensio, irregular from Latin praetendere


First Known Use: 15th century



PRETENSE Defined for English Language Learners

pretense

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noun pre·tense \ˈprē-ˌten(t)s, pri-ˈ\

Definition of pretense for English Language Learners

  • : a false reason or explanation that is used to hide the real purpose of something

  • : an act or appearance that looks real but is false

  • : a claim of having a particular quality, ability, condition, etc.


PRETENSE Defined for Kids

pretense

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noun pre·tense \ˈprē-ˌtens, pri-ˈtens\
variants: or

pretence

\ˈprē-ˌtens, pri-ˈtens\

Definition of pretense for Students

  1. 1 :  an act or appearance that looks real but is false He made a pretense of studying.

  2. 2 :  an effort to reach a certain condition or quality His report makes no pretense at completeness.



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