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Meaning of pretender

pre•tend•er

Pronunciation: (pri-ten'dur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who pretends, esp. for a dishonest purpose.
  2. an aspirant or claimant (often fol. by to): a pretender to the throne.
  3. a person who makes unjustified or false claims, statements, etc., as about personal status, abilities, intentions, or the like: a pretender to literary genius.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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