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pretense
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Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix
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  • The furious pretence that Aunt Petunia had maintained all Harry’s life — that there was no magic and no world other than the world she inhabited with Uncle Vernon — seemed to have fallen away.
  • Look, Hagrid,’ said Hermione urgently, dropping all pretence, ’Professor Umbridge won’t be at all happy if you bring anything to class that’s too dangerous.
  • Did you say,’ murmured Ron, putting his head close to Harry’s on the pretence of helping himself to water from the jug on his bedside table, ’that you were YouKnow-Who?
  • The fact that the Quidditch Cup had not been held for so long added considerably to the interest and excitement surrounding the forthcoming game; the Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs were taking a lively interest in the outcome, for they, of course, would be playing both teams over the coming year; and the Heads of House of the competing teams, though they attempted to disguise it under a decent pretence of sportsmanship, were determined to see their own side victorious.

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

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