pretence

  • 1 pretence — (US pretense) ► NOUN 1) an act or the action of pretending. 2) affected and ostentatious behaviour. 3) (pretence to) a claim, especially a false or ambitious one …

    English terms dictionary

  • 2 Pretence — Pre*tence , n., Pretenceful Pre*tence ful, a., Pretenceless Pre*tence *less, a. See {Pretense}, {Pretenseful}, {Pretenseless}. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 pretence — The usual AmE spelling is pretense …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 pretence — [prē tens′, pritens′; prē′tens΄] n. Brit. sp. of PRETENSE …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 pretence — n. see also pretense simulation false show 1) to make a pretence (he made no pretence of being objective) 2) to see through smb. s pretence 3) under a pretence (under the pretence of patriotism; under false pretences) 4) without pretence (a… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 6 pretence — (BrE) (AmE pretense) noun ADJECTIVE ▪ elaborate ▪ It was all an elaborate pretence. ▪ flimsy, slight ▪ There is not even the slightest pretence of trying to make it realistic …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 7 pretence — pre|tence BrE pretense AmE [prıˈtens US ˈpri:tens] n [singular,U] 1.) a way of behaving which is intended to make people believe something that is not true pretence that ▪ the pretence that the old system could be made to work pretence of/at… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 pretence — also pretense AmE noun (singular, uncountable) 1 an attempt to pretend that something is true (+ that): Susie abandoned the pretence that she didn t want to go to the party. | keep up the pretence of being/doing sth: How long are you going to… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 pretence — UK [prɪˈtens] / US [ˈprɪˌtens] / US [prɪˈtens] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms pretence : singular pretence plural pretences a way of behaving that does not honestly express your real feelings, thoughts, or intentions She said she was… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 pretence — [[t]prɪte̱ns, AM pri͟ːtens[/t]] pretences (in AM, use pretense) 1) N VAR A pretence is an action or way of behaving that is intended to make people believe something that is not true. Welland made a pretence of writing a note in his pad... We… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 pretence — noun 1. /prəˈtɛns / (say pruh tens) pretending or feigning; make believe: my sleepiness was all pretence. 2. /prəˈtɛns / (say pruh tens) a false show of something: a pretence of friendship. 3. /prəˈtɛns / (say pruh tens) a piece of make believe.… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 12 pretence — n. (US pretense) 1 pretending, make believe. 2 a a pretext or excuse (on the slightest pretence). b a false show of intentions or motives (under the pretence of friendship; under false pretences). 3 (foll. by to) a claim, esp. a false or… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 13 pretence — noun 1) cease this pretence Syn: make believe, acting, faking, play acting, posturing, deception, trickery 2) he made a pretence of being concerned Syn: (false) show, semblance, affectation …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 14 Pretence — Pretense Pre*tense , Pretence Pre*tence, n. [LL. praetensus, for L. praetentus, p. p. of praetendere. See {Pretend}, and cf. {Tension}.] 1. The act of laying claim; the claim laid; assumption; pretension. Spenser. [1913 Webster] Primogeniture can …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 15 pretence — noun An act of pretending or pretension; a false claim or pretext. That part of education that turned up in the latest phase of our argument, the cross examination of the empty pretence of wisdom, is none other, we must declare, than the true… …

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  • 16 pretence to — a claim to (something), especially a false or ambitious one. → pretence …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 17 pretence — (US pretense) noun 1》 an act of pretending. 2》 pretentious behaviour. 3》 (pretence to) a claim to (something), especially a false or ambitious one …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 pretence — noun see pretense …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 pretence — /pri tens , pree tens/, n. Chiefly Brit. pretense. * * * …

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  • 20 pretence — Synonyms and related words: airs, appearance, artifice, blind, camouflage, cloak, cover, cover up, deception, disguise, display, dodge, excuse, fable, fabrication, facade, fairy tale, fakery, faking, falsification, feigning, fiction, figment,… …

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