Synonyms of pretense


1. pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigning, deception, deceit, dissembling, dissimulation

usage: the act of giving a false appearance; "his conformity was only pretending"

2. pretense, pretence, feigning, dissembling, misrepresentation, deceit, deception

usage: pretending with intention to deceive

3. pretense, pretence, make-believe, imagination, imaging, imagery, mental imagery

usage: imaginative intellectual play

4. pretension, pretense, pretence, artificiality

usage: a false or unsupportable quality

5. guise, pretense, pretence, pretext, semblance, gloss, color, colour

usage: an artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"

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Definition and meaning of pretense (Dictionary)