false pretences


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false pretences

pl n
1. (Law) criminal law a former name for deception. See obtaining by deception
2. a similar misrepresentation used to obtain anything, such as trust or affection (esp in the phrase under false pretences)
Translations
تَصَرُّفات خَدّاعَه
falešné důvody
falske forudsætninger
csalárd fondorlat
svik, falskar forsendur
falošná zámienka
yapmacık tavır

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 ?
Can you with honour be guilty of having under false pretences deceived a young woman and her family, and of having by these means treacherously robbed her of her innocence?
He as good as told him that he'd come out under false pretences, that the whole affair was a swindle and that the road could not be made.
Had he any prescience of the day, five years to come, when Josiah Bounderby of Coketown was to die of a fit in the Coketown street, and this same precious will was to begin its long career of quibble, plunder, false pretences, vile example, little service and much law?
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.
He looks upon Kit as an intruder, as one who has obtained admission to that place on false pretences, who has enjoyed a privilege without being duly qualified.
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.
Then we are here on false pretences, and we stay here no longer,' he said.
He was planning to take advantage of the Hales' sympathy to obtain money from them on false pretences.
Miss Schlegel"--his voice was firm--"I have had you up on false pretences.
Looking back on my conduct from the moment I first set foot on your beach, I can see no false pretence that I have made about myself or my intentions.
Setting her own inclination apart, to have failed a second time in her engagement to Miss Tilney, to have retracted a promise voluntarily made only five minutes before, and on a false pretence too, must have been wrong.