American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of pretending; a false appearance or action intended to deceive.
- n. A false or studied show; an affectation: a pretense of nonchalance.
- n. A professed but feigned reason or excuse; a pretext: under false pretenses.
- n. Something imagined or pretended.
- n. Mere show without reality; outward appearance.
- n. A right asserted with or without foundation; a claim. See Synonyms at claim.
- n. The quality or state of being pretentious; ostentation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An intention; a design; a purpose.
- n. The act of pretending, or putting forward something to conceal the true state of affairs, and thus to deceive; hence, the representation of that which does not exist; simulation; feigning; a false or hypocritical show; a sham.
- n. That under cover of which an actual design or meaning is concealed; a pretext.
- n. Pretension; aspiration; the putting forth of a claim, particularly to merit, dignity, or personal worth; pretentiousness.
- n. A claim; a right asserted, with or without foundation.
- n. US A false or hypocritical profession, as, under pretense of friendliness.
- n. Intention or purpose not real but professed.
- n. An unsupported claim made or implied.
- n. An insincere attempt to reach a specific condition or quality.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of laying claim; the claim laid; assumption; pretension.
- n. 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.
- n. That which is pretended; false, deceptive, or hypocritical show, argument, or reason; pretext; feint.
- n. obsolete Intention; design.
- n. a false or unsupportable quality
- n. pretending with intention to deceive
- n. imaginative intellectual play
- n. the act of giving a false appearance
- n. an artful or simulated semblance
- From Middle French pretensse, from Late Latin prætensus, past participle of prætendere ("to pretend"), from præ- ("before") + tendere ("to stretch"); see pretend. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French pretensse, from Medieval Latin *praetēnsa, from Late Latin, feminine of praetēnsus, alteration of Latin praetentus, past participle of praetendere, to pretend, assert; see pretend. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Another article in the "mainstream" media criticizing President Obama, in which the pretense is about an "open media" and "transparency," but the subtext is obvious – racism, pure and simple.”
“The free enterprise pretense is today, again, providing profit to a small number of people and corporations.”
“What should they have done, one of those fake long sloppy kisses in pretense done by couples that probably haven't touched each other in years?”
“There are people out there who, in pretense of a dark cloud around him are hiding their racist attitudes and I hope you are not one of them.”
“But the biggest pretense is that Georgia is supported by the West.”
“That's the sound of hot air escaping after pretense is punctured by a pointed question.”
“I could think of no better way to communicate than with a poem, where pretense is stripped away, leaving only what is beautiful and vital.”
“The pretense is the result of terror of rejection, just as it is in the Middle Class form, though reasons for possible rejection are worlds apart from the Middle Class conditioning.”
“In many Middle Class homes the pretense is enforced as hard or harder than it is in public, in an effort to "prepare one for the big bad world".”
“Peter Nellhaus on Ho Choi's Sasaeng Gyeoldan (Bloody Tie): "This is like a Quentin Tarantino film without a lot of the pretense from a Korean filmmaker who should be better known stateside.”
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