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4 definitions found
 for pretence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pretence \Pre*tence"\, n., Pretenceful \Pre*tence"ful\, a.,
  Pretenceless \Pre*tence"*less\, a.
     See Pretense, Pretenseful, Pretenseless.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pretense \Pre*tense"\, Pretence \Pre*tence\, n. [LL. praetensus,
     for L. praetentus, p. p. of praetendere. See Pretend, and
     cf. Tension.]
     1. The act of laying claim; the claim laid; assumption;
        pretension. --Spenser.
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              Primogeniture can not have any pretense to a right
              of solely inheriting property or power. --Locke.
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              I went to Lambeth with Sir R. Brown's pretense to
              the wardenship of Merton College, Oxford. --Evelyn.
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     2. The act of holding out, or offering, to others something
        false or feigned; presentation of what is deceptive or
        hypocritical; deception by showing what is unreal and
        concealing what is real; false show; simulation; as,
        pretense of illness; under pretense of patriotism; on
        pretense of revenging C[ae]sar's death.
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     3. That which is pretended; false, deceptive, or hypocritical
        show, argument, or reason; pretext; feint.
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              Let not the Trojans, with a feigned pretense
              Of proffered peace, delude the Latian prince.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     4. Intention; design. [Obs.]
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              A very pretense and purpose of unkindness. --Shak.
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     Note: See the Note under Offense.
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     Syn: Mask; appearance; color; show; pretext; excuse.
  
     Usage: Pretense, Pretext. A pretense is something held
            out as real when it is not so, thus falsifying the
            truth. A pretext is something woven up in order to
            cover or conceal one's true motives, feelings, or
            reasons. Pretext is often, but not always, used in a
            bad sense.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  pretence
      n 1: a false or unsupportable quality [syn: pretension,
           pretense, pretence]
      2: an artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of
         friendship he betrayed them" [syn: guise, pretense,
         pretence, pretext]
      3: pretending with intention to deceive [syn: pretense,
         pretence, feigning, dissembling]
      4: imaginative intellectual play [syn: pretense, pretence,
         make-believe]
      5: the act of giving a false appearance; "his conformity was
         only pretending" [syn: pretense, pretence, pretending,
         simulation, feigning]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  46 Moby Thesaurus words for "pretence":
     airs, appearance, artifice, blind, camouflage, cloak, cover,
     cover-up, deception, disguise, display, dodge, excuse, fable,
     fabrication, facade, fairy tale, fakery, faking, falsification,
     feigning, fiction, figment, front, guise, hoax, humbug, humbuggery,
     hypocrisy, impression, invention, make-believe, mask, masquerade,
     ostentation, pose, posturing, pretending, pretension,
     pretentiousness, pretext, ruse, sham, show, story, veil
  
  

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