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pretense
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
a false appearance or action to help one pretend
  • Celia, whose mind had never been thought too powerful, saw the emptiness of other people's pretensions much more readily.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (50% in)
  • To Dorothea this was adorable genuineness, and religious abstinence from that artificiality which uses up the soul in the efforts of pretence.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (23% in)
  • "But Fred gives me his honor that he has never borrowed money on the pretence of any understanding about his uncle's land.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (7% in)
  • But now he may be no better than a Dissenter, and want to push aside my son on pretence of doctrine.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (47% in)
  • The Vicar's frankness seemed not of the repulsive sort that comes from an uneasy consciousness seeking to forestall the judgment of others, but simply the relief of a desire to do with as little pretence as possible.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (49% in)
  • It's all a pretence, if the truth was known, about their being forced to take one way.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (18% in)
  • She is such a very nice girl—no airs, no pretensions, though on a level with the first.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (15% in)
  • His flushed effort while talking to Mr. Farebrother—his effort after the cynical pretence that all ways of getting money are essentially the same, and that chance has an empire which reduces choice to a fool's illusion—was but the symptom of a wavering resolve, a benumbed response to the old stimuli of enthusiasm.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (25% in)
  • "I could not be expected to give her up," he said, after a moment's hesitation: it was not a case for any pretence of generosity.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (39% in)
  • She'll never again think me anything but a paltry pretence—too nice to take heaven except upon flattering conditions, and yet selling myself for any devil's change by the sly.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (48% in)

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