Synonyms of sham


1. fake, sham, postiche, imitation

usage: something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be

2. imposter, impostor, pretender, fake, faker, fraud, sham, shammer, pseudo, pseud, role player, deceiver, cheat, cheater, trickster, beguiler, slicker

usage: a person who makes deceitful pretenses


1. simulate, assume, sham, feign, dissemble, pretend, act

usage: make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"

2. feign, sham, pretend, affect, dissemble, misrepresent, belie

usage: make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"


1. assumed, false, fictitious, fictive, pretended, put on, sham, counterfeit (vs. genuine), imitative

usage: adopted in order to deceive; "an assumed name"; "an assumed cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive sympathy"; "a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish voice"; "sham modesty"

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