Her drawing-room, in a flat on Chelsea embankment, has three windows looking on the river; and the ceiling is not so lofty as it would be in an older house of the same pretension. (not reviewed by editor)
Samples from Other Sources
The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
No one was deceived by his pretense of professional activity.
Wharton, Edith -- The Age of Innocence
Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.
He no longer looked at me, no longer made any pretense of telling the truth.
John Gardner -- Grendel
Under pretense that he`s a king it appears he cannot dress or undress without assistance.
Dumas, Alexandre -- Twenty Years After
He abandoned any pretense of even being my friend.
Suzanne Collins -- Hunger Games Book #2 (Catching Fire)
You and your Ministry of Magic have lured me here under false pretenses, Dumbledore!
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter (#4) and the Goblet of Fire