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Meaning & Definition of Pretense in English

English

Pretense

/pritɛns/

noun

1. The act of giving a false appearance

  • "His conformity was only pretending"
    synonym:
  • pretense
  • ,
  • pretence
  • ,
  • pretending
  • ,
  • simulation
  • ,
  • feigning

2. Pretending with intention to deceive

    synonym:
  • pretense
  • ,
  • pretence
  • ,
  • feigning
  • ,
  • dissembling

3. Imaginative intellectual play

    synonym:
  • pretense
  • ,
  • pretence
  • ,
  • make-believe

4. A false or unsupportable quality

    synonym:
  • pretension
  • ,
  • pretense
  • ,
  • pretence

5. An artful or simulated semblance

  • "Under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"
    synonym:
  • guise
  • ,
  • pretense
  • ,
  • pretence
  • ,
  • pretext