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pretense
used in Washington Square

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Definition
a false appearance or action to help one pretend
  • He was an observer, even a philosopher, and to be bright was so natural to him, and (as the popular voice said) came so easily, that he never aimed at mere effect, and had none of the little tricks and pretensions of second-rate reputations.
    Chapter 1 (36% in)
  • During the period of her engagement, however, a young lady even of the most slender pretensions counts upon more bouquets than at other times; and there was a want of perfume in the air at this moment which at last excited the girl's alarm.
    Chapter 29 (24% in)

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