Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who simulates, pretends, or alleges falsely; a hypocrite or dissembler.
  • n. One who sets forth a claim, especially a claimant to a throne.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who professes beliefs and opinions that they do not hold.
  • n. A claimant to an abolished or already occupied throne.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who lays claim, or asserts a title (to something); a claimant.
  • n. One who pretends, simulates, or feigns.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who pretends, or makes a false show, as of learning or of legal right.
  • n. One who pretends, or puts forward a claim; a claimant; an aspirant.
  • n. Specifically, a claimant to a throne.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a claimant to the throne or to the office of ruler (usually without just title)
  • n. a person who makes deceitful pretenses
  • n. a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives

Etymologies

to pretend + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I wonder if pretender is going to do that dumb ass Bruce Springsteen crap today.

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  • Meanwhile, the pretender is huddling with Meathead.

    Balloon Juice » 2002 » September

  • P6 doesn't seem impressive, but given fellow title pretender Hamilton's struggles, Felipe Massa is quite happy after he managed to scrape through in the difficult Q2 session and then qualify sixth.

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  • Third, the world sees no near-term pretender to the throne because neither the divergent economies within the Euro zone nor the undemocratic Chinese regime command sufficient confidence in their respective currencies.

    NYT > Opinion

  • A very interesting book by Ann Wroe, Perkin, suggested to me that the so-called pretender Perkin Warbeck might well have been the surviving prince, Richard.

    The White Queen

  • The pretender was the cassette tape, introduced in the 1960s and popularized during the 1970s.

    Second Life

  • Not only was she being usurped by a pretender to the throne, but the pretender was another issue from her loathsome parents.

    Geisha, A Life

  • The TIME OF TROUBLES, which began with the appearance of a false Dmitri, that is, a pretender who claimed to be the supposedly murdered son of Ivan IV.

    1582

  • The Portuguese residents in Italy entertained no doubt that the pretender was their countryman and their monarch, and made most strenuous exertions to procure his release.

    Celebrated Claimants from Perkin Warbeck to Arthur Orton

  • The best that the Spanish Army could be expected to do is to take as its leader the moderately liberal and highly-respected General Aranda, call the pretender Don Juan to the throne and support a new government of conservatives, liberals and, just possibly, the Socialist leader Prieto.

    Inside Spain Today

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