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pretense
used in Heart of Darkness

4 uses
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Definition
a false appearance or action to help one pretend
  • I became in an instant as much of a pretense as the rest of the bewitched pilgrims.
    Chapter 1 (86% in)
pretense = a false appearance or action to help one pretend
  • An idea at the back of it; not a sentimental pretense but an idea; and an unselfish belief in the idea—something you can set up, and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to....
    Chapter 1 (14% in)
  • It was as unreal as everything else—as the philanthropic pretense of the whole concern, as their talk, as their government, as their show of work.
    Chapter 1 (76% in)
  • They were intruders whose knowledge of life was to me an irritating pretense, because I felt so sure they could not possibly know the things I knew.
    Chapter 3 (73% in)

There are no more uses of "pretense" in Heart of Darkness.

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