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  • (British English) pretense
    Example sentences
    • He had circled around to come to the village by the south, on the pretence of making it appear that he was headed for Kaye.
    • Secondly during the course of the negotiations he put forward the pretence about the attempts to obtain finance.
    • I don't think it is by accident that men try to cover up their true sexuality and in many cases go through the pretence of being heterosexual.
    Example sentences
    • In this regard, the menace of bio-terrorism can be seen as usefully clarifying, since it eliminates all pretence to political legitimacy and announces itself starkly as a planetary scourge.
    • In using the term ‘horrifying’, I am not including am-dram productions of The King and I, which never had any serious pretense to quality.
    • The real scandal is that a newspaper that once had some pretense to quality now prints ignorant drivel like this.
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