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
: 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.
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