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1. Not genuine or sincere; feigned: a pretended interest in the proceedings.
2. Supposed; alleged: the pretended heir to the throne.

pre·tend′ed·ly adv.
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in a manner of pretence
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She knew she had only two days left; that when once the order was signed by Buckingham- -and Buckingham would sign it the more readily from its bearing a false name, and he could not, therefore, recognize the woman in question--once this order was signed, we say, the baron would make her embark immediately, and she knew very well that women condemned to exile employ arms much less powerful in their seductions than the pretendedly virtuous woman whose beauty is lighted by the sun of the world, whose style the voice of fashion lauds, and whom a halo of aristocracy gilds with enchanting splendors.
But just like FMW, the second part of IYK--in its construction of an English Early Modern identity--clearly disrupts these pretendedly harmonious processes of economic and cultural transformation through the dramatization of the apparition of new kinds of individuals: the extravagant international wealthy merchant, but also poor and vagrants, masterless men whose mere presence reveal a major social, economic and epistemological crisis of an unprecedented dimension.
The bust of Charles Louis is however distinguished by a highly ornate suit of armour, with pretendedly repousse military trophies and recumbent martial figures.