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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 ?
Though I had long known that his servility was false, and all his pretences knavish and hollow, I had had no adequate conception of the extent of his hypocrisy, until I now saw him with his mask off.
All other swindlers upon earth are nothing to the self-swindlers, and with such pretences did I cheat myself.
But when questioned closely as to their grounds for this opinion, and what Master Marner had to gain by such false pretences, they only shook their heads as before, and observed that there was no knowing what some folks counted gain; moreover, that everybody had a right to their own opinions, grounds or no grounds, and that the weaver, as everybody knew, was partly crazy.
Upon the slightest and most unreasonable pretences, as well as upon accusations the most absurd and groundless, their persons and property were exposed to every turn of popular fury; for Norman, Saxon, Dane, and Briton, however adverse these races were to each other, contended which should look with greatest detestation upon a people, whom it was accounted a point of religion to hate, to revile, to despise, to plunder, and to persecute.
By these pretences he obliged us to make a present to the value of about twenty pounds, with which he seemed to be pleased, and told us we had nothing to do but prepare to make our entry.
Then we are here on false pretences, and we stay here no longer,' he said.
Tom consulted a lawyer about a divorce, on the ground of "false pretences.
Of all the living creatures upon land and sea, it is ships alone that cannot be taken in by barren pretences, that will not put up with bad art from their masters.
I mustn't appear on false pretences," he said, with a smile.
He was planning to take advantage of the Hales' sympathy to obtain money from them on false pretences.
In trickery, evasion, procrastination, spoliation, botheration, under false pretences of all sorts, there are influences that can never come to good.
to tell me that the first night he had brought you with him on false pretences.