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pretense
used in The Importance of Being Earnest

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Definition
a false appearance or action to help one pretend
  • 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.
    Act 3 — Morning-room at the Manor House (46% in)
pretence = pretending

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use pretense.)
There are no more uses of "pretense" in The Importance of Being Earnest.

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