pretence

(redirected from pretences)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms.

pre·tence

 (prē′tĕns′, prĭ-tĕns′)
n. Chiefly British
Variant of pretense.

pretence

(prɪˈtɛns) or

pretense

n
1. the act of pretending
2. a false display; affectation
3. a claim, esp a false one, to a right, title, or distinction
4. make-believe or feigning
5. a false claim or allegation; pretext
6. a less common word for pretension3
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pretence - a false or unsupportable quality
artificiality - the quality of being produced by people and not occurring naturally
2.pretence - an artful or simulated semblancepretence - an artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"
semblance, gloss, color, colour - an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading; "he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity"; "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction"; "the situation soon took on a different color"
3.pretence - pretending with intention to deceive
deception, misrepresentation, deceit - a misleading falsehood
bluff - pretense that your position is stronger than it really is; "his bluff succeeded in getting him accepted"
pretext, stalking-horse - something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
hypocrisy, lip service - an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
4.pretence - imaginative intellectual playpretence - imaginative intellectual play  
imagery, imaging, mental imagery, imagination - the ability to form mental images of things or events; "he could still hear her in his imagination"
5.pretence - the act of giving a false appearancepretence - the act of giving a false appearance; "his conformity was only pretending"
dissimulation, deception, dissembling, deceit - the act of deceiving
show, appearance - pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression; "they try to keep up appearances"; "that ceremony is just for show"
pretend, make-believe - the enactment of a pretense; "it was just pretend"
affectation, affectedness, mannerism, pose - a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
masquerade - making a false outward show; "a beggar's masquerade of wealth"

pretence

noun
2. show, posturing, artifice, affectation, display, appearance, posing, façade, veneer, pretentiousness, hokum (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.) She was completely without guile or pretence.
show fact, reality, actuality
3. pretext, claim, excuse, show, cover, mask, veil, cloak, guise, façade, masquerade, semblance, ruse, garb, wile He claimed the police beat him up under the pretence that he was resisting arrest.
4. claim, profession, aspiration We have never made any pretence to be faithful to each other.
Translations
تَظاهُر، زَعْم، إدِّعاء
záminka
foregivelse
uppgerî, látalæti
zámienka
pretveza
numarasahte tavıryapmacık

pretence

pretense (US) [prɪˈtens] N
1. (= make-believe) → fingimiento m, simulación f
to make a pretence of doing sthfingir hacer algo
it's all a pretencetodo es fingido
2. (= claim) → pretensión f
to make no pretence to learningno pretender ser erudito
3. (= pretext) → pretexto m
on or under the pretence of doing sthso pretexto de hacer algo
see also false A2
4. (= display) → ostentación f
without pretence; devoid of all pretencesin ostentación

pretence

[prɪˈtɛns] pretense (US) n
(= show, make-believe) → semblant f
to make a pretence of doing sth → faire semblant de faire qch
pretence at sth → prétention à qch
pretence at doing sth → prétention à faire qch
to abandon any pretence of sth → abandonner tout semblant de qch
to be a pretence → n'être qu'un simulacre
It had all been a pretence → Tout cela n'avait été qu'un simulacre.
(= claim) → prétention f
pretence to sth → prétention à qch
to make no pretence to doing sth → ne pas prétendre faire qch
He made no pretence to being a strategist → Il ne prétendait pas être un stratège.
(= pretext) → prétexte m
on the pretence of doing sth → sous prétexte de faire qch
under the pretence of doing sth → sous prétexte de faire qch
(= affectation) she is devoid of all pretence → elle n'est pas du tout prétentieuse

pretence

, (US) pretense
n
(= make-believe story)erfundene Geschichte; (= make-believe person)erfundene Gestalt; he didn’t really shoot me, it was just pretenceer hat nicht auf mich geschossen, er hat nur so getan; we soon saw through his pretence of being a foreignerwir durchschauten bald, dass er nur vorspiegelte or vorgab, Ausländer zu sein; to make a pretence of doing somethingso tun, als ob man etw tut; he made not even the slightest pretence of being interesteder gab sich (dat)nicht einmal den Anschein des Interesses; this constant pretence that all is welldie ständige Vorspiegelung, dass alles in Ordnung ist; to maintain a pretence of democracyden (An)schein einer Demokratie wahren; it’s all a pretencedas ist alles nur gespielt or Mache (inf)
(= feigning, insincerity)Heuchelei f, → Verstellung f; his coolness is just (a) pretenceseine Kühle ist nur gespielt; his pretence of normalityseine vorgespiegelte Normalität; he made a pretence of friendshiper heuchelte Freundschaft, er gab Freundschaft vor; let’s stop all this pretencehören wir mit der Heuchelei auf, hören wir auf, uns (dat)etwas vorzumachen; he is incapable of pretenceer kann sich nicht verstellen
(= affectation)Unnatürlichkeit f, → Geziertheit f
to make no pretence to somethingkeinen Anspruch auf etw (acc)erheben
(= pretext, excuse)Vorwand m; on or under the pretence of doing somethingunter dem Vorwand, etw zu tun ? false ADJ a

pretence

pretense (Am) [prɪˈtɛns] n
a. his pretence of innocence/sympathyla sua finta or falsa innocenza/comprensione
she is devoid of all pretence → non si nasconde dietro false apparenze
to make a pretence of doing sth → far finta di fare qc
it's all (a) pretence → è tutta una finta, è tutta scena
b. (claim) → pretesa
c. (pretext) → pretesto, scusa
on or under the pretence of doing sth → con il pretesto or la scusa di fare qc
under false pretences → con l'inganno

pretend

(priˈtend) verb
1. to make believe that something is true, in play. Let's pretend that this room is a cave!; Pretend to be a lion!; He wasn't really angry – he was only pretending.
2. to try to make it appear (that something is true), in order to deceive. He pretended that he had a headache; She was only pretending to be asleep; I pretended not to understand.
preˈtence , (American) preˈtense (-s) noun
(an) act of pretending. Under the pretence of friendship, he persuaded her to get into his car.
false pretences
acts or behaviour intended to deceive. He got the money under false pretences.
References in classic literature ?
There are five particulars in which, under fair pretences, the rich craftily endeavour to undermine the rights of the people, these are their public assemblies, their offices of state, their courts of justice, their military power, and their gymnastic exercises.
All other swindlers upon earth are nothing to the self-swindlers, and with such pretences did I cheat myself.
In trickery, evasion, procrastination, spoliation, botheration, under false pretences of all sorts, there are influences that can never come to good.
On such an afternoon some score of members of the High Court of Chancery bar ought to be--as here they are--mistily engaged in one of the ten thousand stages of an endless cause, tripping one another up on slippery precedents, groping knee-deep in technicalities, running their goat-hair and horsehair warded heads against walls of words and making a pretence of equity with serious faces, as players might.
The current was broken, and soon we had to desist miserably from our pretences.
Body number four, under dreary pretences of being droll (when it was very melancholy indeed), made the shallowest pretences of concealing pitfalls of knowledge, into which it was the duty of these babies to be smuggled and inveigled.
Now, for the purpose, therefore, of a romance that makes no pretence to reasonableness, I had very good reasons for buying that petticoat, which (the reasons, not the petticoat) I will now lay before you.
Upon that the aunt fondled her, as if she had said something noble instead of despicable and false, and kept up the infamous pretence by replying, 'But there are reasonable limits, my dear love, to everything, and I see that this poor miserable girl causes you more constant and useless distress than even so good an effort justifies.
Sinon then raised the fire- signal to the Achaeans, having previously got into the city by pretence.
Twemlow; blessed release for the dear man if she really was his daughter, nervous even under the pretence that she is, well he may be.
I wish we could contrive it," said she; "but I cannot think of any tolerable pretence for going in;no servant that I want to inquire about of his housekeeperno message from my father.
However, I went in (on pretence of asking for instructions about the dinner) to discover whether anything serious had really happened.