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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 ?
They would each choose to have some counterpoise, and pretenses could easily be contrived.
Should this at any time happen, how easy would it be to fabricate pretenses of approaching danger
In the third place, I have good reason to believe that you entered Miss Ladd's school as a teacher, under false pretenses.
I leave you to decide whether the woman who has shown you that letter--having something important to say to you--is a person who is mean enough to say it under false pretenses.
On his way he met a man on horseback who begged the hare of him, under the pretense of purchasing it.
I make small pretense of showing anyone how he ought to look at objects of interest beyond the sea--other books do that, and therefore, even if I were competent to do it, there is no need.
You will not take it amiss if I express my strong disapproval of your allowing yourself, on any pretense whatever, to be mixed up for the future with your sister's proceedings.
You may charge me with murder--or want of sense--(We are all of us weak at times): But the slightest approach to a false pretense Was never among my crimes!
In a hasty study like the present the reasons for Hamlet's pretense of madness can be arrived at only by starting not only with some knowledge of the details of the earlier versions but with some definite theory.
Yes, now he has laid aside all pretense, and all his cold hatred for me is apparent," she thought, not hearing his words, but watching with terror the cold, cruel judge who looked mocking her out of his eyes.
She would have pretended to be looking for something on the table, but ashamed of making a pretense, she looked straight in his face with cold eyes.
Two men were remanded in custody for eight days in Limassol on Tuesday in connection with obtaining over e1/42 million under false pretenses from the owner of a construction company who had been promised favourable loan restructurings and other arrangements relating to VAT debt and property acquisitions.