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sham

Synonyms of sham in English:

noun

  • 1 all the tenderness he had shown her had been nothing more than a sham
    pretence, fake, act, fiction, simulation, imposture, fraud, feint, lie, counterfeit;
    putting on an act, faking, feigning, play-acting, dissembling;
    humbug
    informal a put-up job
    [Antonyms] the real McCoy, the genuine article
  • 2 he was a sham, totally unqualified for his job as a senior doctor
    charlatan, fake, fraud, impostor, pretender, masquerader, dissembler, wolf in sheep's clothing;
    quack, mountebank
    informal phoney
  • adjective

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  • she didn't want any more pretend closeness, any more sham togetherness
    [Antonyms] real, genuine
  • verb

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  • 1 she shams indifference
  • 2 was he ill or was he shamming?
    pretend, fake, dissemble;
    malinger
    informal put it on
    British informal swing the lead
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