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pretense
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  • She made a pretense of busying herself with unpacking.
  • When she spied Mrs. McGanum or Mrs. Dyer ahead she crossed over with an elaborate pretense of looking at a billboard.
  • The snow, stretching without break from streets to devouring prairie beyond, wiped out the town’s pretense of being a shelter.
  • She recalled tenderly the young awkwardness of Main Street and the makeshifts of the little brown cottages; she pitied their shabbiness and isolation; had compassion for their assertion of culture, even as expressed in Thanatopsis papers, for their pretense of greatness, even as trumpeted in "boosting."

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  • The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
  • Nobody is fooled by her pretense.

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