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pretense
used in Gone with the Wind

10 uses
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Definition
an appearance or action to help one pretend
  • Everyone knew that her swoons were generally mere ladylike pretenses but they loved her enough to refrain from saying so.
    2.8 (78% in)
  • Thus appealed to, Jeems gave up further pretense of not having overheard the conversation and furrowed his black brow.
    1.1 (50% in)
  • She must go on making a pretense of enthusiasm and pride in the Cause which she could not feel, acting out her part of the widow of a Confederate officer who bears her grief bravely, whose heart is in the grave, who feels that her husband's death meant nothing if it aided the Cause to triumph.
    2.9 (35% in)
  • Every girl with any pretense to accomplishments had sung or played the piano, and the tableaux vivants had been greeted with flattering applause.
    2.12 (73% in)
  • All her life she had heard sneers hurled at the Yankees because their pretensions to gentility were based on wealth, not breeding.
    4.35 (92% in)
  • In the weeks that followed her first party, Scarlett was hard put to keep up her pretense of supreme indifference to public opinion.
    5.49 (67% in)
  • Pinchbeck ladies themselves, they no more saw through Scarlett's pinchbeck pretensions than she herself did.
    5.49 (92% in)
  • He laughed at everything she did, encouraged her extravagances and insolences, jeered at her pretenses—and paid the bills.
    5.49 (**% in)
  • Sometimes, he was a very comfortable person to live with, for all his unfortunate habit of not permitting anyone in his presence to act a lie, palm off a pretense or indulge in bombast.
    5.50 (2% in)
  • For some time I've been intending to tell you to stop your elaborate pretenses and drink openly if you want to.
    5.54 (22% in)

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