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Synonyms of pretence in English:


  • 1 cease this pretence and be true to yourself
    make-believe, act, putting on an act, acting, dissembling, shamming, sham, faking, feigning, simulation, falsification, dissimulation, invention, imagination, self-deception, play-acting, posturing, posture, posing, pose, cant, attitudinizing;
    deception, deceit, deceitfulness, fraud, hoax, fraudulence, fabrication, duplicity, artifice, subterfuge, treachery, trickery, dishonesty, hypocrisy, falsity, lying, mendacity, lack of veracity;
    British  false colours
    informal kidology
    rare simulacrum
    [Antonyms] reality, honesty
  • 2 he made a pretence of being unconcerned
    false show, show, semblance, affectation, false appearance, appearance, outward appearance, impression, image, front, false front, guise, colour, facade, display, posture, pose, masquerade, mask, cloak, veil, veneer, smokescreen, camouflage, cover, travesty, parody, charade
    archaic snivel
  • 3 she herself had long since dropped any pretence to faith
    claim, aspiration, purporting, profession
  • 4 he was absolutely without pretence
  • 5 he abducted the queen on the pretence of seeking to protect her
    pretext, false excuse, guise, sham, ruse, wile, trickery;
    lie, falsehood
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