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pretense
used in Oryx and Crake

2 uses
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Definition
a false appearance or action to help one pretend
  • Jimmy made a pretence of thinking.
    p. 210.7
  • Or, under pretence of doing their homework, which sometimes they really would do, they would shut themselves up in Crake's room, where they would play computer chess or Three-Dimensionals, or Kwiktime Osama, tossing to see who got Infidels.
    p. 77.1

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