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A false display of feelings, attitudes, or intentions
“He asked me questions without any pretence at politeness.”
A claim to have a particular skill or quality
“As in the previous volume, any pretence to scholarship goes out the window when no specific source is given for the great majority of quotations or the books from which analysis is drawn.”
Affected and ostentatious speech and behaviour
“It means that we let go of posturing and pretence and live simply as we are, in truth, at ease with ourselves and with others, not having to worry about who's up or who's down, who's in or who's out.”
An attempt to make something that is not the case appear true
“Struggling to keep up the pretence that all was well.”
“He abducted the queen on the pretence of seeking to protect her.”
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