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used in Henry VIII

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a false appearance or action to help one pretend
  • the pretence for this is...
    1.2 — Act 1 Scene 2 — The same. The council-chamber (30% in)
pretence = an appearance to help one pretend (in this case something said)

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use pretense.)
  • Now this follows,— Which, as I take it, is a kind of puppy To the old dam, treason,—Charles the Emperor, Under pretence to see the Queen his aunt,— For 'twas indeed his colour, but he came To whisper Wolsey,—here makes visitation.
    1.1 — Act 1 Scene 1 — London. An ante-chamber in the palace (80% in)

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