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pretense

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Definition a false appearance or action to help one pretend
  • The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
pretense = false appearance
  • Nobody is fooled by her pretense.
  • pretense = false appearance
  • 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.
    Eric Hoffer
  • He no longer looked at me, no longer made any pretense of telling the truth.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • pretense = appearance or action (to help pretend)
  • He abandoned any pretense of even being my friend.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • pretense = a false appearance or action to help one pretend
  • You and your Ministry of Magic have lured me here under false pretenses, Dumbledore!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • pretenses = appearances
  • He doesn't make any pretense about his motives, does he?
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • pretense = false appearance (to pretend)
  • ...and confess your pretense, for a quick confession will go easier with you.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • pretense = deception (lying or pretending something is true)
  • Bryan felt it as though he'd actually peeled off layer after layer of pretense, defense, disguise.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • pretense = appearances or actions to help one pretend
  • I never made a pretence to him or you that I loved him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • pretence = pretending act
    (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use pretense.)
  • her pretence is a pilgrimage to Saint Jaques-le-Grand:
    William Shakespeare  --  All's Well That Ends Well
  • pretence = something pretended
    (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use pretense.)
  • I don't see how we can keep up the pretense past the arrival date of this next ship.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • pretense = appearance that helps to pretend something
  • Get the captain and squire down to the cabin, and then make some pretence to send for me.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • pretence = a false appearance or action to help one pretend
    (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use pretense.)
  • Oh, there is no necessity to keep up the pretence of ignorance.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll's House
  • pretence = a false appearance or action to help one pretend
    (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use pretense.)
  • This afternoon during my temporary absence in London on an important question of romance, he obtained admission to my house by means of the false pretence of being my brother.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • pretence = pretending
    (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use pretense.)
  • It is true, such things are often simulated, but the pretence itself is a symptom.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • pretence = a false appearance or action to help one pretend
    (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use pretense.)
  • But, besides that I must have supported such pretence by a direct falsehood
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • pretence = appearance or action to help one pretend
    (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use pretense.)
  • I give up the pretense of mystery, and I kiss her hand and bring it to my cheek and whisper in her ear.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • pretense = a false appearance or action to help one pretend
  • And as such, he comes into this court under a handicap, notwithstanding our pretensions that all are equal before the law.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • pretensions = acting as though (pretending)
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-sions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in discussions from discuss, explosions from explode, and revisions from revise.)
  • (the scared part wasn't exactly pretense)
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
pretense = a false appearance or action to help one pretend

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