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Definición de sham en inglés:

sustantivo

1A thing that is not what it is purported to be: our current free health service is a sham
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  • Are we not offering our children enough opportunities to learn the true nature of the boring, disappointing sham we call real life?
  • If the new security focus is a sham, expect to see more official denial.
  • He understands only too well that nature is a sham and can be twisted every which way by the forces of evil.
1.1 [mass noun] Pretence: George abhorred sham and affectation
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  • Rather we read Mark because he is an expert at exposing sham, pretension, and hypocrisy, and because he was the greatest American humorist of the 19th century.
  • Second, Barnes agreed with South Carolina editor Z. T. Cody who ‘called the whole signing up business sham and hypocrisy.’
  • As a satirist, the writer is unafraid of drawing aside the drapes of hypocrisy and sham that seem to safeguard middle-class ethics.
Sinónimos
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
1.2A person who pretends to be someone or something they are not: he was a sham, totally unqualified for his job as a senior doctor
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  • The team does not feel the average person today is as ignorant toward shams and charlatans as they might have been just ten years ago.
  • He is a great, flabby sham, an actor close to suicide, maybe - and this is an extraordinary display of incipient madness or incorrigible playfulness.
  • Yet Pétain was no such thing; he was a lifelong soldier and a genuine war hero, rather than some preening sham in jackboots.
Sinónimos
charlatan, fake, fraud, impostor, pretender, masquerader, dissembler, wolf in sheep's clothing;
quack, mountebank
informal phoney
2North American short for pillow sham.
Example sentences
  • For, one needs, in addition, the matching comforter, bedskirt, duvet, three types of pillows, shams, draperies, upholstered furniture, tablecloths, fabric lampshades, and rugs.
  • Also available are shams, duvet covers, bed skirts and light quilts so you can create exactly the look you want.
  • More tailored bedding styles that downplay decorative pillows and shams are making the once humble sheet more visible than ever.

adjetivo

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Bogus; false: a clergyman who arranged a sham marriage
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  • Clearly, a sham intent, a false intent, will give the matter away.
  • Can two suicidal Turkish Germans living in Hamburg find happiness together, or at least a reason to live, by entering into a sham marriage so she can sleep around?
  • Rather a spectacle for a sham marriage isn't it?
Sinónimos

verbo (shams, shamming, shammed)

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1Falsely present something as the truth: was he ill or was he shamming?
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  • There is an important distinction to be made between those who are genuinely dull and those who are shamming.
  • ‘‘Do you think,’ I asked indignantly, ‘he is shamming?’
  • If she is shamming, her body shape will give her plenty of time to either really get pregnant or to claim that she has suffered a miscarriage - probably in response to some claimed misdeed of Peter's.
1.1 [with object] Pretend to be or to be experiencing: she shams indifference [no object, with complement]: the opossum escapes danger by shamming dead
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  • It planned for a mock battle, shammed unity, and were confused by the intransigence and solidarity of the other side.
  • He portrays him as shamming his injuries.
  • In his secret note of December 19, 1913, he noted that Savarkar was shamming his ‘change of heart’ and that he did not express the slightest remorse or regret for what he had done.
Sinónimos
pretend, fake, dissemble;
malinger
informal put it on
British informal swing the lead

Origen

late 17th century: perhaps a northern English dialect variant of the noun shame.

Derivados

shammer

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sustantivo
Example sentences
  • This group of shammers must of necessity concede defeat in the face of an exact and ontologically authoritative ‘idiocy’.
  • No unexpressed intentions of a ‘shammer’ affect the rights of a party whom he deceived.

Words that rhyme with sham

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