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pretense

pre·tense

pretense

 
 
pronunciation:
pri tens [or] prih tens
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an act or instance of pretending; sham or fiction.
Her tearful apology was just a pretense since she actually felt no regret for what she had done.
synonyms:
acting, faking, feigning, fiction, masquerade, sham, simulation
antonyms:
honesty, sincerity
similar words:
acting, deceit, deception, disguise, fake, falseness, hoax, humbug, imposture, invention, pose, show, trick, trickery
definition 2: a false or deceptive show, claim, or excuse.
synonyms:
act, fabrication, falseness, fiction, hoax, lie, pretension, ruse, sham, show
similar words:
acting, affectation, cover, deception, excuse, fake, falsehood, fraud, humbug, invention, masquerade, pretext, trick
definition 3: affectation or pretentiousness.
synonyms:
affectation, air, pretension, pretentiousness
antonyms:
sincerity
similar words:
display, ostentation, pomp, pomposity, pose, show
definition 4: the act of imagining or of acting a part, as in play; make-believe.
synonyms:
acting, make-believe, pretending
similar words:
invention